As your teenager enters high school, they might be feeling overwhelmed and need your support as they go through this new life phase. Especially if this is your first time having a high schooler, you might need some help and support too. Today, we have a few tips that will hopefully help you feel more grounded and ready to face this together.
Here is what parents should know when their kids enter their high school years:
- Time Management is Everything- Students going through high school might experience a larger workload and more in-depth curriculum than they ever have before. But while academics are important, so is leading a balanced life. Encourage them to practice good study habits and keep a schedule, so they will have enough time to do their work, take care of their other responsibilities, have fun, and still get enough sleep every night.
- Help Your Student Get Involved- Participating in fine arts, sports, or other extracurriculars will be very beneficial to your student. It can help them feel a sense of belonging, learn new skills, and even make themselves more appealing to colleges. However, doing too many extracurriculars, especially when your student has just begun high school, will likely overwhelm them. Don’t be afraid to speak up if it seems like they’re doing too much.
- Open Communication Matters- High school can be a difficult time for some students as they are learning independence and other valuable life skills. Being able to talk to you openly about their worries and doubts will help them significantly during this time, so show them that you’re ready to listen.