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Why You Should Ask Your Child "Why?"

Recently, a parent was talking to her 7th-grade son about the need to get good grades. It occurred to her that maybe her son didn't know why good grades were important. When she asked him why it was important to get good grades, the son replied, "Because you want me to. It's good to have good grades." The mother realized that her son didn't see the big picture.

It's never too early to explain the big picture to your child, to show how hard work in school leads to more choices in the future.

Don't just stop at "good grades get you into a good college." Consider sharing these additional points with your child: