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12/09/2016

Is Every Morning Becoming a Battle?

This time of year can be a real struggle for many families across the country. Students are exhausted, and to many, it can seem like an eternity until the long-awaited Christmas vacations. If your children have been fighting with you every morning, saying that they are not getting out of bed and that they don’t want to go to school, don’t panic! You are not alone. For this article, The Tutoring Center, Honolulu HI have put together some great tips to help you avoid morning conflicts.

Analyze Your Own Behavior

Just as this can be a tough time of year for your kids, you might also be finding it a struggle. It’s not nice for anyone to have to get out of bed while it’s still dark and head out into the cold. Perhaps you have been battling to maintain your usual level of patience. Try taking a few deep breaths before going in to wake up your kids in the morning. If you have a calm, positive attitude, it will reflect onto them and they’ll be less likely to pick a fight.

Think About Why Your Kids Might Be Losing Motivation at School

It may simply be that your child is tired and fed-up, but there are also a plethora of other reasons why they may not feel like getting out of bed. Figuring out the underlying cause of their behavior will help you identify an appropriate solution. For example, it may be that your child has spent the last few months working hard but has not seen any results. If they have been working to the best of their ability and still have not been achieving the grades that they would like to achieve, this will inevitably impact their self-esteem and motivation. In a situation like this, it might be helpful to provide your child with a little extra, personalized support. Speak with The Tutoring Center, Honolulu HI by calling 808 377 5500 and learn about how one-to-one tutoring in Honolulu HI can help your child understand where they are falling short. Tutoring can help them not only get back on track but reach their learning potential.

Don't Encourage Negative Behaviors

Sometimes, all that our children want is to get a reaction out of us, whether or not it is positive. Therefore, if your child shouts that they are not going to get out of bed and you respond be raising your voice, you have unwittingly encouraged their negative behavior by reacting to it. To avoid situations like these, you should stipulate clear consequences for actions such as these and be scrupulous about dealing them out. For example, if your child knows that the consequence for not getting out of bed on time is no television in the evening, you can simply state calmly to him or her that they will lose their treat of television time instead of raising your voice and entering into a power struggle. Nine times out of ten, if you leave your child to think about this, they will end up recognizing that the negative behavior is not worth the consequence and will back down.

Don't Take It Personally

By using tools and techniques such as clear rules and consequences, time-outs and calming strategies, you will be able to avoid many unnecessary conflicts and defuse many arguments that may otherwise have escalated. However, it is inevitable that your children, particularly teenagers, are going to go through phases of rebellion. This is an unavoidable part of growing up, and you should not take it personally if your children do not behave pleasantly towards you on occasions. Instead, take a step back and consider their situation in context to see where their thoughts are really coming from.

Talk to Your Child

This may sound simple, but it’s possibly the most effective strategy for avoiding conflict. If you maintain open communication with your child, it’s more likely that they will tell you what is going on in their life and that you will be able to understand why they are reluctant to go to school. You will then be in a much better position to solve the problem than if you were ‘going in blind’ without understanding the full picture.

Every Student Can Benefit from Tutoring in Honolulu HI

If your child is struggling in school or they enjoy their subjects and would like to raise their B to an A, one-to-one tutoring in Honolulu HI can help. Speak with The Tutoring Center, Honolulu HI at 808 377 5500 and ask about how the subject focused 'Geniuses in Training' programs can help your child reach their learning potential.

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