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Shonsheka
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How Can I help My 8yr old  to understand that Getting Good Grades Now will only make his Future BETTER?

My Son is 8yrs old, 3rd grade and he is the only child, and he gets into trouble most of the time at school. He is a very bright young man but he does not apply himself at all when it comes to Math, or Reading. He reads very well but it's more of a comperhension thing with him. He crys when he does not understand how to do a math problem to the point where his frustration level is super high!  His teacher says that if he applys himself and takes his time with certain task then he will be alright! HOW CAN I MAKE MY SON UNDERSTAND, AND PERFORM BETTER? I need all the advice I can get..
In Topics: Motivation and achievement at school, Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago

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Louiseasl
Feb 16, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

Please consider having a mentor become part of your sons life. Perhaps someone who will inspire him by showing him the practical applications of what he is learning in school. This mentor may be an adult relative, friend of the family or a coach. Also, he may be upset because school work is a challenge, so please be sure to check with school officials to see if he is experiencing academic difficulties.

Thanks again for writing.

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sweetdreams25
sweetdreams25 writes:
well ask him what he wants to be when he grows up and if he tells you then tell him he needs to make better grades to do that
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sweetdreams25
sweetdreams25 writes:
wow tuff kid all u need to do is well tell him no but if that doesnt work take him by the arm and bring to a restroom and spank him 1 and then say strike 1 then strike 2 thats what i do with my kids when they get to 3 ground them for 3 weeks
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aadhi
aadhi writes:
he s only a 8 yrs of age..don worry for it...he will be well in maths soon..
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melansell
melansell , Teacher, Parent writes:
You may have to come up with some motivators for now. An eight-year-old really is challenged to think on that level.
So, reward him weekly or so with extra play time, and extra play date, special pencils, etc. when he is trying his best and applying himself.
Also, give him 4 rules for frustration: No crying being number 1. This is a skill he will use all of his life!

He needs to be rewarded to feel success so he can see what you are wanting him to reach for.
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Dr.Monika
Dr.Monika , Child Professional writes:
What do you mean by saying that your son gets in trouble at school?  Does he constantly talk, gets into fights, is defiant?  If so, you need to talk to his regular health care provider.  

To motivate your son to do school work, use positive reinforcement.  Simply award him with something small after he completes his work.  For example, if he likes to watch a specific TV program, tell him that he will watch it only after completing his homework or reading.  If he does that Monday through Friday (tract his progress on a calendar by putting a smily face for each day he does it), give him a bigger prize, such as a movie night.

Best reagrds.
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