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)
Take your child to work day?
A few decades ago, there was a drive to help teach kids about the working world of their parents, to help them understand what mom and dad do all day, and to also get them dreaming about their own grown-up careers – out of that drive “bring your child to work day” was born.
While it doesn’t much matter how old your child is, your student is at the prime age to take advantage of opportunities like this. Spending a day engaging in work related activities that are age appropriate can be a great way to help them understand what “grown up” work really feels like. Have your student “crunch some numbers” and see how writing, math, and reading are used regularly. Help them take notice of what communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity look like in the modern workplace. When a student sees how their day-to-day education plays a role in the working world, it makes school a more important part of their day.
The best part of a day spent at work is the opportunity you have to spend time talking and listening to each other. Be sure to tell your student about how you got to where you are and why this is the right career for you: stability, pay, flexibility, creative aspects, or curiosity. Describe the path that you took to get to where you are and what you learned about yourself along the way.
It’s rare to meet a person who chooses their career at 13 and sticks with it forever. But it is often the case that exploring careers at an early age helps teenagers see the options available to them.
When you follow your passions and work with your natural aptitudes, you can find success and satisfaction in your career. Help your student understand this and you’ll help them move forward with making a decision, in time, with confidence.
Give them a glimpse!
Whether your place of employment has a formal “take your child to work” day or not, it is important to give them a glimpse into your daily work life. Depending on your schedule and workplace policies a morning or afternoon around the office is a great chance for you teenager to see you in action.
If that is not an option, sometimes even an after-hours tour or talking with them about a typical weekly schedule is a great substitute.
Regardless of the structure or format – the key is to help your son or daughter experience grown-up work; to help them see exactly what it means to earn a living doing something that you have been trained to do and have worked hard to be successful at.
Remember, it’s okay for them to not really have a passion for your same career path – that is not the intent of the experience – we’ll need a very diverse workforce in the future!
Teen years are filled with all types of changes - especially ones that happen within the body. Talk to your student about positive hygiene habits: daily showering, using deodorant, acne care, and how their personal presence can affect their self-esteem and the way others perceive them.
Positive self-care is more than skin-deep. Taking care of emotions is important to a healthy life. Talk to your student. Be willing to actively listen without offering help or telling them what they need to do. If they have questions or concerns about their life but are not necessarily comfortable talking to you, encourage them to find a trusted adult, perhaps a family member, close friend, coach, youth pastor or guidance counselor.
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