28 Be involved and provide support. u Look for opportunities to praise good grades and extra effort. u Attend open houses and parent conferences. u Know the dates that midterm grades and report cards come out. If you don’t see a report card, call the school and request a copy. If your child’s grades are accessible online, check them often. u If you suspect that your child is drinking or using drugs, talk to him/her immediately. If you need help or advice, talk to the school counselor or to your family doctor. u Ask about what’s happening in school, and be a good listener. u It’s important for your child to figure out how to take care of problems on his/her own. In doing so, your child will gain confidence and become more independent. Of course, if your child is unable to resolve an issue, or if there’s a serious problem, be available to help or intervene. u Helpyourchildexploreandevaluateavariety of career and educational options. u Discuss internet safety, use parental control software, and learn about the technology your child is using. Counselors are a great resource for parents If you’re concerned about your child’s academic performance or well-being, talk to your child’s counselor. A school counselor is not only an excellent resource for students, a counselor is also an excel- lent resource for parents.