What Would You Like Your Child to Achieve at School?

Mastering social skills, self-esteem, following directions — parents shared their high hopes for their kids in the coming school year.

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To love and respect herself.

— Lesley, Australia

ADDitude asked: "What would you like your child to learn in the new school year?"

Cursive, so his thoughts can get from mind to page quicker. — Robert, Georgia

How to interact with his teachers and peers. My son will turn 13 soon, and because of his normal teenage awkwardness, he needs to fine-tune his social skills. I watch him, and he reminds me of myself at his age. I want to use all of the lessons I learned to help him be less shy and adjust to being a teenager. — Allyson, Pennsylvania

I would like my child to discover what he is interested in and use his interests to help him do well in his coursework. — Sara, Washington

I would love for him to learn to not read comic books when he is in math class. — An ADDitude Reader

That there are plenty of kids and adults with ADHD. He is not alone. — Cindy, Georgia

How to put others first and to share. — An ADDitude Reader

How to hold on to his self-esteem. — An ADDitude Reader

I would love for my son to learn to follow directions and to listen. — Danielle, Maryland

That he is OK, even if things don't come as easily to him as to others. — An ADDitude Reader

How to focus without using medication. I want him to learn to use physical activity — a new sport or exercise — to build confidence and boost serotonin. — Jennifer, Arizona

That, although she has had challenges in the past, the future is hers for the taking. — An ADDitude Reader

To be a learner, somebody interested in learning, and not a student, somebody interested in performing just for a grade. — Edward, Colorado


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