As a parent of a child moving up into high school it is only natural for you to feel a little bit sad, a tad anxious and excitement. If the parents feel this way just imagine what it’s like for the child. Can you remember your experiences and emotions from your own high school years? If you have a child who is off to the big school or have a teen who might be struggling to cope use this guide and share some useful advice that may just give them some extra confidence.
Communication for the adults
This is the time when adults have to let their children go a little bit more. Children need to discover their own place in the world. Your child will come across all sorts of new people who will perhaps teach them things they didn’t know before and quite possibly apply peer pressure to do things that they know isn’t the best decision for them.
As a parent you do need to hope that the morals you installed in your child will be there and be strong enough to win through any inner turmoil that is going on. However that doesn’t mean you can simply leave it there. Set firm boundaries of what is acceptable as your child reaches for new levels of behaviour and freedom. Don’t fly off the handle when you hear something you may not like, remain calm and encourage your child to be open and honest – guide with education.
Communication for the teen
Teens you need to learn quickly that your parents are there to give you support. Approach them with any worries you may have and try to explain what is going on with you. Communicating is far more effective that stomping off in your room and having a shouting match. If you are stressed out tell your parents you are and they will perhaps be a little easier on you and offer you an open ear if you need one. Life in high school can pose all sorts of problems; don’t think you have to face them alone.
School work for adults
Chances are the school your child attends will not give you reminders of when homework is due. You need to try and find the deadline dates and the details of the work from your child. Set a clear time when homework needs to be worked on throughout the week. It’s a good idea to set this time to be shortly after the school day ends so they are able to get it out the way before going to play or hang out with friends for a while. Make it clear that completing homework brings rewards and set these rules right from the start.
School work for teens
You probably feel that the most important part of your school life is your social life. However, you will gain more out of life if you are able to achieve great results at school. It is possible to combine your education and social life perfectly if you stay on top of things. Get as organized as you can be – write a list of the work you need to do and work through it a little at a time every night before you see your friends. If you need help with homework ask for it instead of ignoring it until later.
The author Aiden Korr is a full time copy writer and a parent of a teenager. She uses her experiences to provide useful advice and tips for parents and for teenagers. She has written thousands of articles and blog posts over the last few years and you can read many of them are found on websites all over the world.