How do you encourage a middle child to get his grades back on track without losing your mind?

Cheri - posted on 10/29/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




My precious middle son seems to be adrift and trying to "coast" through his classes. We have never dealt with this before now, but all of a sudden in jr. high, he has discovered football and a social life. He failed to do homework and was failing a test, so we pulled him from his favorite sport for one game. The academic focus seems to be improving, but how can we be sure? I don't want to see him fall behind again. My oldest and youngest are driven and take care of all of their business. He is the only one who has backslidden and I don't want him to feel like he is inadequate (middle child syndrome everyone talks about) but want to teach him in a positive way without comparisons to his siblings. Any suggestions?


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Michelle - posted on 10/29/2011




you are doing the right thing by taking away a game or practice from his sports some kids need a goal in mind to keep their focus for him it could be sports, tell him you keep your grades up you play you don't you sit.

JuLeah - posted on 10/29/2011




It needs to be important to you, and you have shown him it is. You pulled him from the things distracting him. He just needs to learn to manage his time ... he will get it

Sharlene - posted on 10/29/2011




Hi . I have 4 children and 3 step children so there's 7 .We teach every child equal and there needs even if you have to sit down with him to and encourage him with schoolwork and achivements and encourage him and like you dont treat him like middle child syndrome or slibbings are different and there's needs just keep encourage his progress.cheers

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