Jessica Lahey
2 minute read
30 Oct 2019
10:56 am

Help your child succeed at school: Value goals over grades

Jessica Lahey

A few years ago, one of my sons’ goals was to make a few new friends, a goal that was both challenging and important to him.

An African girl writing in classroom.

Set goals, both individually and as a family. Try to do this at the beginning of a new school year, the first of the month, or the beginning of a new season. Keep the discussion light and low-pressure. This process isn’t about getting better grades, it’s about supporting learning as a family. Everyone (yes, that means parents, too) sets three short-term, achievable goals oriented around tasks and improvements under your control. For example, “I’m going to get all A’s this semester” is too broad and too difficult to control. Instead, try “I’m going to ask for help in math more...