Helping Your Child to Overcome School Failures:  3 Mentoring Tips for Parents to Try at Home

As parents, it can be difficult to see our children struggle with school failures. We want to do everything we can to support them, but it’s not always clear what we should be doing. Fortunately, mentoring can be a powerful tool for helping young adults overcome school failures and achieve their academic goals.

Here are three mentoring tips for parents to help their children overcome school failures:

  1. Listen and Validate

The first step in effective mentoring is to listen to your child’s concerns and validate their feelings. It can be tempting to jump in with solutions, but often what your child needs most is simply to be heard. Let them know that you want to understand how they’re feeling and that you are there to support them.

By validating their feelings, you are creating a safe space for your child to share their struggles without fear of judgment or criticism. This can be incredibly empowering and can help your child feel more confident in their ability to overcome their challenges.

  1. Encourage Growth Mindset

One of the most important things we do as mentors is to encourage a growth mindset in a young adult. This means helping them see that failure is not a reflection of their intelligence or abilities, but rather an opportunity to learn and grow. An opportunity to start again and again, free of judgment.

Encourage your child to view challenges as opportunities to develop new skills and to see mistakes as stepping stones to success. When they encounter setbacks, help them identify what they can learn from the experience and how they can use that knowledge to improve in the future.

  1. Set Realistic Goals and Celebrate Progress

Finally, it’s important to set realistic goals with your child and to celebrate their progress along the way. This can help them stay motivated and focused, even when they encounter setbacks.

Work with your child to set achievable goals that are aligned with their interests and strengths. Break larger goals down into smaller, manageable steps and celebrate each milestone along the way. This will help your child stay motivated and feel a sense of accomplishment as they work towards their goals.

Mentoring can be a powerful tool for helping young adults overcome school failures and achieve their academic goals. By listening and validating their concerns, encouraging a growth mindset, and setting realistic goals, parents can help their children develop the resilience and confidence they need to succeed. For more information on mentoring young adults, visit

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Author: Ken_Rabow

Ken Rabow is the Mentor's Mentor for Troubled Teens, Young Adults and their Families