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Help! My Child Hates School

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Talk to your child about school.

Ask your kid how his day was every day—and don’t settle for a one-word answer. By shooting the breeze about everything from Legos to multiplication, you’ll establish open lines of communication, and your child will be more likely to open up to you when things are tough.

If a subject is out of your area of expertise, it's okay to tell your child, “I don't know, but let's find out together.” Research ways to tackle Spanish homework online, or arrange a “study buddy” to pitch in and show kids how to solve problems.