No parent wants to see failing grades on their child’s report card, but there may come a time when you will, and how you handle the situation is very important. Firstly, STAY CALM and don’t lose your temper without hearing your child out. You may not know what issue they went through during that grading period that resulted in those grades.
If there are any grades that are above failing, focus first on those and ask how your child achieved them. In fact, focus on whatever you can that is positive. Then it’s okay to explain that you aren’t happy with their failing grade and ask why your child believes it happened. Get a discussion going about your child’s failing grades instead of a lecture or berating session. Is there a specific subject they are finding too difficult? Are they having trouble with friends? Have you noticed any behavioural signs? What is your child’s perspective of the teacher in that class?
Tell them that you believe in them and their ability to do better (if this is in fact the case).
Consider if they are going through anything outside of school that’s interfering with their education, and if so, let them know that you both can work together to improve their situation. Focus on your child’s strengths, what they are doing that’s working, and how they can use their strengths to perform better. This has proven to be more effective than focusing primarily on areas of weakness and failure.