Take 2

with Jerry & Debbie

Encouraging a Struggling Child


We had a great conversation on Monday about how to encourage and accommodate a child who exhibits the capacity to excel at academics, music, sports or any other human endeavor. Lots of great takes were shared by our listeners. We also realize that some kids need a little extra prodding or encouragement to fulfill their God-given potential. That’s what we’ll talk about on Tuesday’s show. If you’re the parent, family member, teacher, neighbor or friend of a child who struggles to reach his or her potential, let’s talk about ways that they can be encouraged, motivated and helped in any way to achieve the heights God wants for them.


2 thoughts on “Encouraging a Struggling Child

  1. I’m passionate about this topic. This literally is my job as a private tutor. I teach students who are academically behind in their respective classes. My philosophy in approaching struggling students is: meet them where they are at. Realistic expectations. Sometimes parents freak out when their child is not at the top of his or her class and immediately envision the worst case scenario. Depending on the child, he or she may work their butts off and still only achieve C’s. We must accept them for who they are and discern gifts and talents in other areas. I believe every single person has something to offer and confining success only to the academic realm is a mistake. For you Jerry, Tom Dempsey, with a club foot, kicked the longest field goal in NFL history until several years ago. Einstein failed math in secondary school. Tom Cruise suffered from dyslexia as a child. Katherine Hepburn was told she would never become an actress. Gretzky was told he was too small to play hockey. The list could go on. I think they did pretty well for themselves and so can your child.


  2. Al,

    Thanks for your comments. We had hoped to get to them on the air, but just ran out of time. Sorry about that. Keep up the great work you’re doing, and thanks for being a loyal listener to Take 2!

    Jerry and Debbie


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