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How to Handle a Bad Report Card

Follow this expert advise the next time your child brings home a bad report card.

My child brought home a bad report card. I don’t want to make her feel worse than she already does but I also want to help her to improve her grades. How do we respond to our child, and what steps do we take now?

Keely Buchanan, owner of the education consulting company Preparing for Denver Kindergarten, shares the following tips for parents:

Stanford Children’s Health Collaborative, a group that educates the public about programs and services that benefit the health of children, encourages parents first and foremost to not react with disappointment. “A poor grade is often a red flag for a potential problem area, not a measure of your child’s worth or your parenting skills,” according to the organization. “Collect your thoughts and respond in a calm, clear way.”

When your child brings home a surprising report card, it can be tough on the whole family. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when you respond:

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