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How to Talk to About Report Cards With Your Children

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As a parent or carer, we can spend a significant amount of time (over?!) thinking the best way to talk to our kids about their report cards. Whether you have one child in the early stages of formal schooling or siblings across multiple grades, report cards are a great way to start a conversation about their learning. So, what is the best way to talk about report cards?

Find a quiet time and place to sit one on one with your child to talk to them about their report card.  Give them your undivided attention, without interruptions. Try to set aside enough time to have a relaxed discussion.

As a parent or carer, we can spend a significant amount of time (over?!) thinking the best way to talk to our kids about their report cards. Whether you have one child in the early stages of formal schooling or siblings across multiple grades, report cards are a great way to start a conversation about their learning. So, what is the best way to talk about report cards?

1. Take Time One-on-One

Find a quiet time and place to sit one on one with your child to talk to them about their report card.  Give them your undivided attention, without interruptions. Try to set aside enough time to have a relaxed discussion.

Find a quiet time and place to sit one on one with your child to talk to them about their report card.  Give them your undivided attention, without interruptions. Try to set aside enough time to have a relaxed discussion.

As a parent or carer, we can spend a significant amount of time (over?!) thinking the best way to talk to our kids about their report cards. Whether you have one child in the early stages of formal schooling or siblings across multiple grades, report cards are a great way to start a conversation about their learning. So, what is the best way to talk about report cards?

2. Focus on Effort Over Grades

Most report cards provide a grade for effort as well as grades for academic achievement. An effort mark is by far one of the most important aspects of every child’s report! It is the aspect of their schooling that they have the most direct control over.

3. Address Comparison

Help your child understand that everyone is different. Everyone excels (and struggles) in different areas. Try to avoid comparisons between their report card and their siblings’ or classmates’ reports. Instead, focus on where they have tried their best, as well as the learning areas in which they achieved well or made a great improvement in.

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