Learning occurs through the process of solving a problem and trying multiple approaches to solve it. With that understanding, parents can support the development of perseverance by praising the child’s effort, not only praising the child for arriving at the correct answer. For example, instead of telling a child, “You must be really smart because you got the right answer,” the parent can say, “I can tell you worked hard on that problem. Tell me your thinking. How did you arrive at that answer?” Parents are also encouraged to consider providing less direct assistance, letting the child work through his/her challenges, perhaps encouraging him/her to try a different approach, or take a break and come back to the problem. If the student is struggling with math homework, it is okay if the student does not necessarily get the right answer. The purpose of homework is to allow students to independently apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Parents are encouraged to write a note to the teacher sharing that the student worked hard but found difficulty with aspects of the assignment to help facilitate a positive home-school relationship.