Should you really retain?

It’s getting to be that time of year again when retention notices are sent home from schools or when parents wring their hands wondering if their children can actually take on a more difficult school year, when this one hasn’t even been mastered.

It’s a lot to think about, but the truth is that another year of presenting information in the same manner that didn’t work all year, probably won’t do much good.  And, the horrible part of it is that it will do harm to the child’s self-esteem.

If your child is in kindergarten, then retention might be a possibility, as there are developmental stages that can be play a role.  An extra year can truly make a difference.  However, if your child is older, it’s best to seek out other alternatives.  Research backs this up!

So, if you’re thinking about holding your child back, take a breath and go over the pros and cons. If a teacher or administrator is pushing for this, then ask yourself why.  Try to reach a solution together, if possible, but always know that there are alternatives and solutions for every problem.

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather and take a deep breath.  Every day, kids overcome learning difficulties and master a school year that had previously been difficult. Yours can, too!

Best wishes,

Lisa