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Be sure the goals you set for your children are realistic and maintainable. In order words don't insist your child make all A's in school if your child does not have that capability. Instead you might let your child know you want them to strive for A's and B's, but realize that in some subjects a C may be all they can obtain. Teach them to always do their best and aim high. Reward and praise your child for good work. Recognize when a child is giving their best and be careful not to compare your child to an older sibling or someone else's brighter child. You want to encourage, not discourage.