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)


Adult Interaction: NOt Just for Adults

Think about your student’s day.  With whom do they interact?  Likely, it’s fellow students, teachers, coaches, and you.  All these people are trained to work with kids and often frame conversations and information in a way that is “appropriate” for the age group.  However, it is really important that your student learn how to properly communicate with other adults.

Interacting with other adults will come with time, when your student starts taking part-time jobs, interviewing for scholarships, and forming relationships with college personnel, however, if the proper habits aren’t reinforced now, students might not have the confidence to speak up if required or when necessary.

Many teenagers today are often tethered to their electronics.  Think about the last request you made while your son or daughter was texting or gaming: did he/she look up at you when replying or did he/she respond without removing their eyes from the screen?  

You can start to promote interpersonal communication skills by encouraging your student to make eye contact when speaking with you, to start, then work toward teachers, and others, whether their friends or the food server asking for their drink order.  Eye contact is considered an act of respect and is important in making a good first impression.

Also, now is a great time to remind your student about proper manners.  When they meet someone new, regardless of the person’s age, they should make eye contact, offer a firm handshake, speak in a loud enough voice for the situation, and smile.  

Many students at this age desire to be treated like an adult.  You can help to remind them that this combination of physical and verbal communications is imperative to being taken seriously and will help them appear more mature.  (Plus, it may make life a little easier around the house for everyone in your family.)


Interact with them just like another adult

Adolescents often state that they want to be treated like an adult, however, they often fail to realize that to be treated like one, they must act like one.

Allow your student a chance to practice proper manners and adult interactions with you or other safe adults (teachers, friends, grandparents) before venturing out into the world.  Each day, encourage them to shake hands (avoiding the floppy hand grip), make eye contact, and speak loud enough to be heard.  When they don’t get what they want, they should mount an argument using logic and reason, not emotion and temper.

This exercise will embolden them to make positive first impressions no matter where they go or who they meet.  It may even be fun for the whole family!

TIP #1

Is it getting warmer outside? There's a good chance your 7th grader is already thinking spring break or summer. Help them finish this school year strong and stay on top of their homework and other class assignments.

TIP #2

With the flexibility of summer schedules, many students may be interested in volunteering some of their time for a local or global cause.  Find a local charity, service project, missions trip or volunteer option that ties in with an area of interest or passion for them.  It can be a positive way to spend some of those summer hours. 

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