Many families are pleased to be returning to a more normal routine… parents are back at work and children are back in school. This routine can feel like a relief. But, for children who struggle in school, and for their families, returning to school can create additional stress. Children report difficulties in school for a variety of reasons. Some students have social difficulties: they feel left out of friendship groups, unable to make and keep friends, shy during interactions in and out of the classroom, or bullied by other students. Other children struggle to succeed academically: they cannot sit still in the classroom, they cannot keep up with classroom instruction, they do not understand their homework, or they do poorly on classroom or standardized tests despite their best efforts to succeed. Parents often feel confused about how to help their children when they see them struggling. Parents also often feel blamed or they blame themselves for their children’s struggles. How can parents help when their children are struggling in school? First, it is important to talk with children in order to understand why school is such a difficult place for them. Are the difficulties social, academic, or behavioral? Parents need to try to understand that their children do not want to create difficulties, and they need their parents to be patient with them. It is important for children to see their parents as on their side, and as a help to them in their struggle to succeed. Next, parents need to evaluate whether they need some assistance managing the difficulties that their children are experiencing. Securing assistance for a child who is struggling in school is akin to seeking assistance from a doctor when your child is ill. Parents do not have to manage academic difficulties on their own. Schools often provide supportive resources within the academic setting which can provide the on-site support and assistance children need. Finally, parents can seek additional help with mental health professionals in the community who are skilled in understanding children’s difficulties, in an out of school, and working with school systems and families to create programs which provide the assistance that children need. School can become a less aversive place for children when difficulties are correctly identified and children and families are provided with adequate support.