It is never too early to begin to think about what your child will do after high school. No matter what plan you develop from apprenticeships to college, education will be the key to success.
The young student in your family needs skills to be successful in school and in life. Those skills include the ability to critically read and evaluate information, quantify their work and resources, think broadly, focus specifically, understand their history and culture, interact successfully, act on their values and have an awareness of how they are uniquely equipped for their mission in life. Without these skills, they will have difficulty being good citizens, learning, earning an adequate living and successfully raising a family.
If your child is struggling with a subject, understand their barriers before writing off that skill as impossible to develop. Too many families allow their children to take only the minimum required to graduate from high school. Those same families later wonder why their adult children struggle with college, job training and advancement in their employment.
We live in a world where education makes a big difference in employment, job security, citizenship, health and happiness. It is never too early to stress the importance of learning to children and provide the help they need to succeed.