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Dear Carol

Stressed

This is my first year at private school, and it’s hard. When I get bad grades, I think, “Why do my parents pay tuition if I’m so stupid?” I feel I’m letting them down.  My dad constantly criticizes.  Sometimes, I lose it and cry.
Dear Stressed,
 School is tough enough as it is, so don’t be so hard on yourself.  Switching to a new school is tricky, and getting a bad grade doesn’t mean you’re stupid! Most people are strong in some subjects and struggle in others.  Can your school pair you up with a teacher, tutor or other students to help in a particular course? When your dad is critical, calmly let him know you’re doing your best.  Start a journal.  Scribbling everything out might help you feel better.
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by Carol Weston | 2/1/2016
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