It’s important that parents take misbehavior seriously, say parents who have had children suspended. All parents should learn to see the early warning signs of a child in trouble. If you’re not certain, talk to the school counselor or other professionals.
As with most problems, it’s easier to fix it before it happens. If you think your child could be in danger of being suspended:
- Help your child recognize situations that lead her to act out.
- Make sure your child knows school rules.
- Praise and reward your child for good behavior.
- Share information about your child with all staff who have contact with her.
- Meet regularly with your child’s teachers and administrators to monitor her progress.
- Include a behavior plan in your child’s IEP (Individualized Education Plan), if he has one.
- Have your child ask peers to remind him of his behavior.
- Try to avoid power struggles at home.
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