Help your child succeed in school this new year

The holidays are over, the new year has begun and your child is halfway through the school year already. There's no better time than now to give your child an extra push to refocus and get organized to make the last few months of school successful.

1. Teach organization and prioritization. Although it may be difficult for a child to understand right away, be patient. These types of skills are something children will carry with them into adulthood and will make everyone's life easier in the long run.

2. Stay positive. If a child is struggling in a specific subject or failed a test, instead of getting angry or frustrated, hire a tutor to break things down one-on-one or spend time reviewing material and quizzing your child before the next test. If children start viewing school as a negative part of the day, they will be less likely to focus their energy to it. Encourage children to learn at their own pace and further explore subjects they enjoy.

3. Give 'em a break. It's just as important for children to have fun and develop social skills as it is to focus on school work. It allows them a chance to rest their minds and explore other parts of life that can promote a different type of education. Encourage your child to join a sports team or an after-school club, set up play dates after school or spend more time with your extended family.

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