High school can be a very complicated time for teenagers, and by being informed and lending a little support and guidance, parents can ensure that their teens succeed. Below are 5 Ways Parents Can Help Their Teen Succeed in High School.
Tip #1: Getting Involved is a Great Way for a Parent to Stay in Touch With Their Teen and Their Education
Parents volunteering at their teen’s high school, is a great way to show their interest in their teenager’s education and life. Some great ways for a parent to get involved include, serving as a grade-level chairperson, organizing and/or working at fundraising activities and other special events, like bake sales, car washes, and book fairs, or working at a concession stand at athletic events, chaperoning field trips, dances, and proms, attending school board meetings, joining the school's parent-teacher group, working as a library assistant, mentoring or tutoring students, reading a story to the class, giving a talk for career day, or attending school concerts, plays, and athletic events. No matter the activity you choose, just giving a few hours during the school year can make a great impression on your child.
Tip #2: Teach Your Teen That Organizational Skills Are a Must
All adults know that organizational skills are a must, but unfortunately that is not something that is often times taught in high school, so it’s in a parent’s best interest to help their teen learn these important skills while at home. Some easy ways to help your teenager would be to teach your child how to keep assignments and class information together in binders, notebooks, or folders that are organized by subject. Additionally, teaching your teen how to create and keep a calendar will help them learn time management, by allowing them to keep track of any upcoming deadlines so they can plan their time accordingly.
Tip #3: Remember Homework is Hard and Your Teenager Will Need Your Support
If you remember high school, you remember how intense homework is and how critical grades are for any future college plans. It’s always a wonderful idea for parents to ensure that their teen has a quiet, well-lit, distraction-free place to study that's stocked with supplies.
It’s also a good idea to regularly sit down with your teen to go over class loads and make sure they're balanced and help them stick to a homework and study schedule, and always encourage your child to ask for help whenever they may need it.
Tip #4: Visit Your Teenager’s School and Check Out The School Website
Visiting your child’s school is a great way to learn the layout of the building and the grounds, this will help you better connect with your teenager when they discuss their school day with you. Additionally, it’s a great idea to know the location of the main office, school nurse, cafeteria, gym, athletic fields, auditorium, and special classes. Moreover, taking a look at the school’s website will allow you to find out information about the school calendar, how to contact the school staff, special events like dances and class trips, testing dates, current grades and missing assignments, student resources for life after high school, and information and schedules for sports, clubs, and other extracurricular activities.
Tip #5: Back-to-School Night and Parent-Teacher Conferences Are A Must Attend Event
Showing interest and support in your teens academic efforts will allow them confidence in their work. By attending your teen’s school’s open house or back-to-school night, you are showing your teen and their teachers that you are interested and engaged in your child’s studies. Also, it is a great way to find out the teacher’s expectations for your teenager, as well as what school-wide programs and policies exist, and post-high school options that parents of juniors and seniors need to know about.
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