Juggling school and business ventures is not an easy feat. Even adults pursuing a degree while managing their own company would find this challenging. What if kids are in this kind of situation?
Even if you’re a parent manager keeping a close eye on your child’s educational and business progress, there will always come a time when they hit some lows. For parent managers, business failures are part of the journey. But what do you do when your child is failing school? Should you still continue investing in their business?
Why Kids Might Be Failing in School
To get to the root of the situation, one thing parent managers must always remember is to first consider the reasons why a child might not be doing well with their academics. It’s easy to assume that it might be because of the business, but unless you ask them, you will never know for sure, which won’t help you solve the problem.
Having a discussion with your child will give you a better idea of what’s happening, but it is important to note that parents should avoid being reactive and should instead make their child feel that they are ready to listen. Only then will a child feel secure in opening up and revealing what might be causing their slump.
That said, here are some reasons that could cause a downward slide in your child’s academic performance.
Lack of Interest
It’s an inevitable fact that some kids just aren’t interested in school, finding the typical setup too boring or formal. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re poor learners. It only means that they might find a different learning environment or style more suited to their interests or skills.
Poor Time Management
Not managing their time well might also be a reason why your child is failing school. They might be spending too much time on the business or other extracurricular activities instead of their academics. It might also be the case that they’re struggling in one subject and end up spending more time studying for it and neglecting the rest.
A Major Event Has Happened
Any big changes in your child’s life or routine can disrupt their time for studying. If you’ve changed homes or schools, your child might need more time to adjust to the new environment, which can affect their focus at school.
Often, it’s too late when parents discover that their child is failing in school. One good way to prevent this is to be attentive and sensitive even to the smallest changes in their behavior or routines. Telltale signs that your child might be having a tough time is if they constantly avoid talking about school, are misbehaving, or suddenly have a new set of friends or activities.
Have an honest, open discussion with your child. Ask them questions but take care not to make them feel as if you’re accusing them. Once you’ve gained enough information, only then can you make a decision about whether or not you should still continue investing in their business.