Transparency can be liberating
When students struggle in school, they often feel different, discouraged, and even alone. If you are able to name and explain the challenge to your child (perhaps it’s attributed to ADHD, executive function deficits, or a learning disability), you will help him understand that certain behaviors are not his fault and are beyond his control. This transparency can have a liberating effect on your child’s self-confidence and self-image, while also providing a launching pad for discussing and implementing various strategies that will help him overcome his obstacles. With a better understanding of the “why” and some new strategies, he will feel more in control and his confidence will begin to soar again.