Here’s What To Ask When Your Kid Gets In Trouble At School

These six questions provide a helpful framework for tackling behavioral issues at school.

Katie Sue Webber
Katie Sue Webber
Mom to two sweet little boys. Helping moms is her passion.
Last updated
May 2, 2023

As a parent, it's not uncommon for your child to get in trouble at school, and it's important to approach the situation with a learning mindset. Dr. Jazmine, a psychologist and positive parenting advocate, suggests that parents ask their child's teacher six questions when the child gets into trouble at school:

1. What triggered this behavior?

2. Has this happened before?

3. What is the root of their behavior?

4. How did you intervene?

5. What is the plan moving forward?

6. How can I best support my child at home?

These questions help parents gain insight into what might be causing the child's behavior and how to best support them moving forward. Jazmine emphasizes that it's important to work with the teacher and create an action plan to address the behavior, which will show the child that both parent and teacher are on the same team.

If the teacher has a different tactic for de-escalating a behavioral problem, it would be beneficial for the parent to start incorporating that tactic at home to create consistency for the child.

If behavior issues persist, Jazmine advises parents to seek an assessment from a specialist to identify any underlying causes and develop a plan for addressing them. The sooner parents can identify and address behavior issues, the better chance their child has of learning, adapting, and overcoming challenges.

Read more (via Scary Mommy)

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