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)
Warning - Under ConsTruction
While adolescent students are at the peak of physical capacity, their mental state is still forming; their emotions, cerebral connections, and impulse control abilities are slow loading, like an overworked computer. We must take care to understand why they are the way they are, and make sure we work with them in a way they can positively understand and comprehend.
Teenagers aren’t experts in planning or thinking ahead, and they have trouble envisioning the future, like how their education can and will be useful in the “real world” or how their actions, both positive and negative, can have consequences, also both positive and negative. Their impulse is to seek gratification (usually from their peers) and gain independence (often from you) – which can sometimes lead them to take unnecessary risks.
It is so important to maintain a positive influence by being a hands-on parent. Now, that doesn’t mean helicopter parenting (hovering and invading privacy) but it does mean staying involved, asking questions, and offering guidance without fixing their problems for them. It is also important to keep lines of communication open. At this time in their lives, you’ll need to be more ready to listen than to talk.
It’s certainly okay to stay firm but also do your best to be fair. Adolescents thrive on structure and routine; keeping them apprised of the rules and holding them accountable for their actions is what will help them become the stand-up young adult that will flourish academically and socially.
Take Them On A Date?
Sometime this month, take your son or daughter on an outing – call it a date, appointment, or whatever may interest them the most. The key is to spend some dedicated time with only them – probably without their cell phones or yours ;-).
During your time together, ask about life, school, friends, activities or athletics. Try to get a sense of their outlook on their future – are they looking forward to 8th grade, high school, college, or career? You’ll really want to listen intently and encourage them as they think about their future – let them see your excitement for the many possibilities that lie ahead of them. (Remember, this is not an opportunity to lecture them about the importance of working hard now – this is a time to get them excited about their current life and their future outlook!)
Often times the end of the semester is filled with projects and reports that can sneak up and sabotage a class grade if not completed in their entirety or to the required specifications. Encourage your student to finish the semester projects early and work steadily instead of waiting until the last minute.
One way to help students get excited about their future is to check out a high school activity. Now is a great time to catch some high school athletic events, concerts, or theater productions. Most high schools have events every weekend – check out their websites and find an event that may be interesting to you and your student. Seeing the excitement of high school can really boost motivation to do well to prepare for their future.
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