There are times when children have a hard time in school. Whether it is because they just don’t understand what is being taught or they are slacking in getting the work done, it can cause you to worry about getting that note from or talking to the teacher about it. As a stay at home mom, you have a greater chance at catching the issue before your it goes to far, by not only talking to your child about school work, but by talking with the teacher about it also. Keep an eye on your child’s work. Look for signs that he or she is either not doing the work or is not understanding it. Such as grades dropping or incomplete papers.
Even stay at home moms can be caught by surprise when the end of the year comes around and the teacher mentions your child may need to be held back. Do not allow yourself to freak out. Breathe first, try to calm yourself. Then calmly ask the reasons for the teacher’s and/or school’s decision. Get all the information you can. Such as…
1. How does your child compare to the rest of the students academically?
2. If he was held back, how would that specifically help your child?
3. What would happen in the next class to ensure your child is more successful? What class would he be in?
4. Is there anything you could do during the break to help catch him or her up (summer school)?
5. Does the decision have to do with emotional or social readiness?
The secret is to try to stay relaxed but gather as much information as possible.