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4 Steps to Help Your Child Succeed in School

Parents are often concerned about their children’s performance at school. You dream to see your child succeed in school and in life. You hope your child goes to college, has a good job, lives a meaningful life and helps to make this a better world. You want them to surpass your accomplishments and find their own voice. Learn 4 easy steps to help your child succeed in school this year.

Encourage smooth transitions

Transitions are an essential part of life. Every day, we go through a series of transitions. We wake up, get ready for work or school, take care of our responsibilities, come back home, cook dinner, do homework, get ready for bed then start all over again the next day.

The first step to help your children succeed in school and life is to foster smooth transitions. Create a safe, predictable environment by building a daily schedule. That way, they’ll know what you expect.

Some parents like to use visual aids as reminders of different weekly activities. A calendar or schedule of activities can help them know your expectations and when you expect it. Depending on your child’s age, you may need to breakdown activities into smaller steps to make it easier for them to follow.

For example, if you want to work on a morning routine, wake up at the same hour every day.Make sure you list the activities you need them to complete (e.g., get dress, eat breakfast, brush teeth, grab backpack, be out the door) and how much time they have to complete them.

Smooth transitions can help you feel less stresses because you don’t always have to remind your children what they need to get done.

Talk with your child’s teachers and school staff

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child.” The more adult supervision a child has, the easier it is to relax and know they’re safe.

Take time and get to know your child’s teachers and school staff. Exchange contact information and communicate with them in a regular basis. Often, parents wait to hear from teachers to find out how their child is doing. But when we don’t communication regularly with others at school, we can miss important info. When you check in with school staff, you can learn about school events, community resources, extracurricular activities, tutoring or other ways to help your child overcome potential academic challenges.

Be proactive and ask about your child’s progress when you drop them off in the morning or pick up at the end of the day.

Nurture your child’s gifts and talents

From birth, children develop preferred ways to experience the world around them. Every child has a unique way of learning. Children learn new ideas and concepts through:

  • Physical activities.
  • Visual stimulation.
  • Music, sounds and conversations.

Children who feel bored are prone to seek stimulation. They might get out of their seat, talk to the child next to them or engage in other activities to avoid doing work.

Once you identify your child’s unique learning style, it’s much easier to help them discover their gifts. Think about these questions to learn their gifts:

  • What is one thing your child is always talking about?
  • Have you asked them what they want to be when they grow up and why?
  • When do you see your child fully enjoying themselves?

If your child uses his or her hands to build a tower, they might develop a passion for activities that require space planning and coordination. If your child collects bugs in glass jars , they may become a scientist in the future. When we tap into our children’s gifts, the possibilities are endless!

Attend regular school meetings

Parent education is a never-ending process. Every day, scientists form new ideas around child development. You can stay up-to-date when you surround yourself with other parents and people who work with children regularly.

Attend regular school meetings to network, learn new developments and connect with extracurricular activities that may help enhance your child’s learning. Many schools provide positive parenting education. In Pierce County, you attend Triple P seminars and groups to gain specific strategies to raise resilient and successful children. Check out our calendar of Triple P groups!


  • Transition times can trigger misbehavior. Prepare your child to stop what they’re doing to start a new task.
  • Use activity schedules to help support your child’s individuality and independence. You’ll feel less stressed and stay off their back more.
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher on a regular basis. A common parent trap is to wait until the teacher contacts you. Get involved in your child’s education. Learn about the important activities for you and your child.
  • Observe your child’s learning style and how you can use it to nurture their gifts. Every child is different!
  • Become an active member at school. Participate in school meetings and other community events. Remember: parenting is a journey and it’s ok to ask for help!

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