I hope that 2019 is off to a great start for everyone. It's a new calendar year, but still the #bestyearever! As we approach the end of the second marking period, it is a great time to check up on your child’s grades, if you don’t make that a regular practice already. I know how busy our lives get and there just aren’t enough hours in the day, but your middle school child, even an eighth grader, needs to know you are checking up on him/ her. Telling your child that you are happy about that test grade in science or the paper in language arts really goes a long way. First, every child loves to be praised. Find something on Genesis for which your child deserves praise, and let your child know. Secondly, it is a subtle reminder to your child that you are watching grades. Students at this age are notorious for their lack of fore-sight. They simply don’t naturally see the consequences of tomorrow that accompany today’s actions. As adults, we understand the connection between today’s actions and tomorrow’s consequences; yet it is hard to understand how our children can’t grasp that. Sometimes we need to demonstrate tough love and have our child face the consequences, as painful as that may be, but before we get to that point, provide continuous support and reminders, and hopefully your child won’t end up in a difficult position. It seems early now, but the end of the school year will be upon us before we know it. No one, especially our teachers, wants to have students deciding on summer school options in June. Let’s work together to help your child find success for the remainder of this school year.