We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.
Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)
Senior Year In Review
This year, your student applied to college and began the process of understanding how to transition to college with success, including choosing the right school, surviving dorm life, and what to do when homesickness strikes.
The transition from high school to college is different for every student. Give them the freedom to discover how they want to handle it but insist on some rules regarding communication that you are comfortable with – you need to know that they are safe and happy and they need to know that you are there if they need you. Choose a time of day or day(s) of the week that you will always connect. And ask to be their friend on one or two social media sites so that you can keep up with their goings on.
Remember that your feelings are important too and that this is a transition for you as well. It’s ok to express those feelings and share your fears. (Keep the box of tissues handy, this summer will be filled with lots of emotions.)
Lastly, even though they seem all grown up... You can never say, “I love you” too many times.
Help Them Reflect
Did you know that self-reflection is a great skill for teenagers to have? You can model this for them and encourage them to practice for themselves.
The end of the school year is a great time for doing this. Set aside some one on one time with your teenager this month and have a conversation about the school year.
Here are some questions that you can use to start the conversation:
- What did you like the most about this school year?
- How was it different than you thought it was going to be?
- Is there anything you would have done differently?
- What is one part of this year (friends, academics, activities, family life) that you would have changed?
Doing this helps them to think about their upcoming school year too. Remember, it is important for you to answer those questions as well - show them that self-reflection is for adults too!
Did you know that reading is a great way for your teenager's brain to stay in good shape this summer?
The research is clear too - it really doesn't matter what type of reading they may do - fiction, non-fiction, biographical, historical, magazines or newspapers - it all helps!
Help your teenager find something to read - a good book, a professional magazine of a career they may be interested in, even a newspaper. The key is to guide them in the right direction, then let them pick!
What's your summer looking like?
Create a summer schedule with your teenager of their summer camps, vacations, summer learning experiences, jobs, and other activities.
(Be sure to help them budget time with their friends - time for them to still be kids - play is still really important for them!)
This will help you stay organized and help teach them about maintaining some sort of disciplined routine during this time away from school.
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