Halstrom Blog Post
5 Parenting Tips to Support Your Teen
Sometimes being a parent can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to your child's academics. There are many challenges that happen at home and when you add in school and homework, sometimes it can be hard to balance. Unfortunately, this only increases as they enter their teenage years.
As a parent, you want what is best for your teenager and you want them to do the very best that they can. Sometimes that is not always easy. A lot of teenagers can develop attitudes and they also can encounter a lot of stress and pressure at school. Your job as a parent is to try and help them through this.
Here are a few ideas to take into consideration as you are helping your child reach their full potential.
1.) Ensure your teen has a positive group of friends.
There are always the good kids in class and, of course, there are always the ones that misbehave. Although you can't choose your child's friends, it is important to make sure they are not hanging around the wrong crowd. If another student is a troublemaker, that can easily be influenced on your own child.
2.) Be a role model.
Even when you think your child is not watching, they are. They are very observant regardless if you believe they are or not. They can pick up on the things that you do or say. They are smarter than you think. They can also sense if you are happy or stressed regardless of how well you think you may hide it. You want your child to pick up on positive vibes. Anything you do or say around them that is negative can impact them negatively.
3.) Have routine meetings with their guidance counselor or teachers.
In most cases, teachers will only contact the parents for a conference if the child is severely misbehaving. Once it reaches this point, it is often out of control and it can be much harder to rectify the concern. Schedule regular conference meetings with your child's guidance counselor or teachers to stay updated on their behavior as well as their academic progress.
4.) Study time.
Even if your child does not have homework, it is still just as important to have designated study times each week. You, as the parent, can work with them and look for anything that they are struggling with so you can help improve their skills before they fall too far behind. Even if it is just something small, it can often lead to a much bigger problem. Many concepts and skills like math build upon each other over time. If not addressed, this could become the reason a child can be held back.
5.) Be their rock.
Being a kid/teen can be hard. Children can be mean and can either get bullied or bully others. Sometimes it is hard for a child to want to open up to their parents about stuff that happens like this at school, especially boys. Always strive to provide them a safe place to come if something like this happens and be sure to work to correct the issue. This may mean contacting the other child's parents or even going to the school to get the principal involved. Regardless how it is handled, it is just important to ensure your child feels safe and comfortable at all times. Sometimes kids say they hate school and it is actually because they are having social issues and are too embarrassed to tell anyone.
These are just a few simple tips to help your child bring out their true potential and do well in school. Stay tuned for more tips to help your child academically. If you are looking for a new education solution to help your child, contact Halstrom Academy and schedule a meeting/tour to discuss innovative educational options to support your child.