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)


LEARN

Your kids are watching...

Why do people act the way they do?

One school of thought is that people are modelling the behavior of their own parents. The way we parent our children is often a direct result of how we were parented. Likewise, we learn how to value certain ideas and objects from how our parents regarded them. The same goes for our children: even when we think they aren’t paying attention, they are listening, watching, and observing how we handle different situations.

This becomes very apparent in the way our children view the working world. When they see mom and/or dad come home, complain about their day, their boss, and their job in general, they can easily think of “work” with negative connotations. Our daily behaviors have direct impacts on our children’s view of the life they are about to lead.

While it’s perfectly normal to have bad days at work or to be irritated with a boss or colleague, it is important to make sure to also take time to be grateful for your job and share the good parts of your day with your teenager.

Children may be asked what their father’s job is and tell their teacher, “He wears a suit and goes to a lot of meetings and comes home really hungry and tired.” Little did they know that their dad is an Accountant. It’s easy for kids to have no concept of what that means, but when they hear about his title it is easy for them to think, “I never want to be an Accountant – it just doesn’t seem fun.”

It may seem that our jobs are rarely “fun,” but it is important for our kids to see that they can be positive in many ways.

Taking time to discuss your job with your teenager can help them begin to understand how each job highlights different skill sets and how education correlates with work. This helps them to not only see the value in progressing toward a career but also see a higher value in their current everyday learning.

While it may even seem like your teenager is too grown up - taking advantage of “Bring Your Child to Work Day” is another way for them to see the positive aspects of work.


DO

Talk about your Job

Find a time as a family or just with the two of you and talk about your job. Be sure to share what you like about it, what you would change if you could, and what you’d like to be doing in five years. Encourage them to ask questions and make certain you ask them a few questions about their future as well.

Having open and honest conversations about your life experiences specifically around your career help your teenager understand the world around them.  They will soon start to appreciate your work life and gain new perspectives that help them identify possible career choices for their future.


TIP #1

Meet the teachers – Most schools have an Open House or Back to School Night, be sure to attend!  It is important to share with them a bit about yourself and your son or daughter as a student and more importantly as a person.

TIP #2

Homework – While it may not be very fun, it is important.  Remind your teenager that learning doesn’t end 3pm and that homework is just another way to increase learning.  Encourage your student to embrace the idea of self-directed learning by creating their own homework schedules


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