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4 Ways You Can Help Your Teenage Foster Child Excel in School

Teenage Foster Child made simple: what you need to know

Do you have a teenage foster child in your care who is currently struggling in school? Is the child having a hard time getting grades up and keeping up with the lessons? It’s a common issue that many teenagers have, as, let’s face it, school is tough for even the most academically inclined children. As they move into the higher grades, the content only gets harder and more intense, and at some point, they may find themselves struggling and falling behind.

Because you want to give your teenage foster child all the tools possible for them to succeed, not just in school, but in life, here are four ways you can help them to excel in school.

Encourage Them to Come to You

One of the best tips for people who are fostering teenagers is to work on creating a relationship that has open lines of communication. They should feel comfortable coming to you with their problems and struggles and know you will listen and offer support rather than giving them a lecture. Be sure to regularly ask them how they are doing at school, if they need some extra help, if they are having any problems, and so forth. They may be a little unsure to come to you at first, but over time you can ensure to build a strong relationship.

Schedule a Parent Teacher Meeting

If your teenager does tell you about problems they are having, this would be a great time to set up a parent-teacher meeting. You can get the teacher’s take on how your foster teen is doing and they may have some useful tips and advice. Perhaps there is homework help after school, a tutoring programme, or extra work they can do to catch up.

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Give Teens a Homework Nook

Because it’s likely that your teenager will have homework fairly often, you need to provide a space in the home where they can work. This means a quiet area that is free of distractions such as the television and other people. They need to be able to focus on their work and nothing else. Also needed in the homework nook are a desktop or laptop computer, comfortable desk and chair, ample lighting and storage space for the supplies they keep at home. They can take part in setting up the homework nook to ensure it’s customised for their preferences.

Hire a Tutor for Your Teenager

Even though you’d probably love to be able to help your foster teen with their work, you may not fully understand the content yourself or lack time. The last thing you want is to lead them in the wrong direction. This is why you may want to consider hiring a tutor for your teen. It may only be one specific subject they need help with, or multiple subjects.

All of these tips can benefit your foster teen when it comes to school struggles, but the most important takeaway should be that you let them know you’re there for them and that they are not alone. They aren’t going through these challenges on their own; you’re there to help them succeed.

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