Ways to encourage your teenage child to do better in school

Last Updated on April 25, 2022

The pride of a parent is to see their children excel in life. And when they’re in school, academic excellence is a top priority.

But your teenage child in high school faces many challenges. Social and peer pressure, surging emotions due to puberty, and whatnot. And as a parent, you can’t just help but wish you could help. Well, you could!

Whether they’re currently doing poorly or just average, below are ways to encourage your child to do better in high school.

1. Stay as engaged as always

You were pretty interested in your child’s activities when they were — well — still a child. But you may have backed up a little bit now they’re older. This is one common mistake parents make.

Teenagers typically do better in school when their parents show interest by staying engaged. So, do your best to attend their back-to-school nights, meet with their teachers and ask how your child’s grades are faring. Your teen will say things are okay in school even when they aren’t so good. And the report card wouldn’t show all the problems your kid may be facing.

While staying engaged and showing interest, remember to not overdo it, like always monitoring their studies or walking them to school.

2. Encourage them to study

It can be challenging to get teens to read, especially when social media and activities start to steal their attention.

However, one way to encourage your teen to do better in school is to not be picky about what they read. Whether it’s a textbook, novel, or magazine, reading informs, sharpens the mind, and improves retention. Get them good books that will pique their interest — books they can get lost in. And ensure they’re in a distraction-free environment while at it. They may think they’ll do well studying in front of a TV or smartphone, but that’s not true.

If you can get your teen interested in books, they may get to understand that learning can be fun.

3. Encourage fun and physical activity

While encouraging your child towards academic excellence, avoid forcing them to read all the time. That will only have the opposite effect.

Instead, allow them to unplug through gaming and social activities once in a while as these things can stimulate the mind. You could even enroll your child in tennis lessons for teens to show them how much you care about their overall well-being.

Such activities can help develop your high schooler mentally, technically, and physically.

4. Don’t just look for A’s

Avoid pushing your teen too hard. Let them know that getting a B isn’t bad, and A’s shouldn’t be the standard of validation.

Your child’s best may not be an A in academics; their best may be in something else, such as art or sports.

Also, while they may excel in one subject, it’s alright to find another challenging. Accept your child’s uniqueness because everyone has their forte.

5. Encourage your child thorough appreciation

One way to encourage your child to do better in school is to let them see that you appreciate every effort they are making. Gratitude generally motivates one to do better. They got a B? Tell them “You did great, buddy!” with a hearty smile.

Avoid saying things like, “This grade is okay, but you could have done better.” It’s wiser to say, “I’m proud of you, and I know you can only keep getting better!”

You may also take them out, have a vacation, or do anything to loosen up after months of hard work.


While you may appreciate your teen with rewards from time to time, try to keep it minimal. You don’t want your teen to tie their academic efforts to short-term rewards. Let them see that whatever they do is for their good.

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