Here are some things you can do:
• Be positive. Expect your child to do well, even if last year was difficult. Instead of dwelling on past failures, help him set new and exciting goals. Discuss how he’ll reach them, and show confidence that he will.
• Make rules. Get your child into good habits right away, such as studying every day. Decide when and where homework will be done. You might also set limits on TV viewing, phone calls or social activities.
• Give responsibilities. Recognize that your child is older and can do more things on his own. He might make his own lunches or plan how to do a large project. Offer guidance instead of immediately solving problems for him.
• Make time. Spend at least a few minutes each day discussing schoolwork with your child. You don’t have to schedule this time. Let it happen naturally, such as while eating dinner or driving.
• Get involved. Introduce yourself to teachers through notes or in person. Ask how you can help your child succeed. They’re eager to have your support.
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