When I had three little boys under the age of four, I received the best parenting advice ever. I had arrived late for my group Bible study and was frazzled, discouraged, and disappointed in myself because my boys and I had gotten our day off to a terrible start. An older, wiser mother listened to my tale of woe and then said to me, “It’s never too late to start the day over again.” That simple phrase has had a profound impact on our family life. Many times we have been able to turn around a bad day or a bad situation by believing that it is never too late to start over again.
That sentiment holds true for a school year, too. Don’t let your child throw in the towel on their school year in the last quarter. There’s still a lot of school year left, and it’s never too late to start over again.
The question, then, is how to do it. Below are links to several previous posts that will help you make the plan for tutoring your own child and for teaching them that it is never too late to start over.
Before you can convince your child that you can and should be their tutor, you must convince yourself. I give you just the motivation you need here. You can do it. You can be your child’s tutor, and you and your child will grow closer in the process.
Clean out that backpack! Kids hate this step, but trust me – do not skip this step. The backpack holds tons of clues as to why your child is struggling so much in school. Click here for how to start with the backpack.
Develop a homework routine. A routine is completely different from a schedule. The more automated the homework routine is, the more work will get done each night. No more staring into space wondering what to do next. Click here and here to find out what a good routine looks like.
The school week starts on Saturday. Teach your child to use their weekend wisely, and you will have gone a long way to helping them succeed at school. With your help, your child will not only write the due dates for all their assignments in the planner, they will break their bigger projects into manageable segments and record the plan for when they will complete each milestone. Click here to end last-minute surprises and here for the checklist we use at my house.
Hang in there. Tutoring is one of the most successful methods for improving school performance – it will help your child succeed. When you feel like quitting, click here to remind yourself that you are doing the right thing.
Congratulations on starting the school year over again. Your can-do attitude and hard work are setting an example of grit and determination that will benefit your child now, and in the long run.