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Success in school and in life depends more on effort than on ability or intelligence.  When children don't feel smart, they may give up.  They may even feel like failures.

Teachers understand that ability is just one factor leading to success.  They know success is earned through hard work, persistence, paying attention, attendance, working well with others, and attitude being smart may help, but it is not the only trait that makes someone successful.

Parents can help their children have an "I can" attitude.  Remind your child that, "It's not how smart you are, but what you do with what you have that counts."
Encourage your child to work hard to reach a goal.  When successful, be sure to say, "You see?  Hard work paid off." Source: Source: Firm, Fair & Consistent © 2005 The Parent Institute, a division of NIS, Inc.