Parents play a vital role in the learning process. Do you know how you can help your teen succeed in school? Now that the school year is in full swing, read these tips for parents on making this school year the best one yet:
1. Create a routine. It's important that teens have a structured routine for school days, especially at the beginning of the year when adjusting from summertime fun to the daily grind of school can be difficult. Work with your teen to create set times for waking up, getting ready, and then finishing homework after school hours. Keeping teens on this sort of schedule can help them stay organized and on track throughout the school year.
2. Be proactive. Don't wait until your teen brings home a report card to find out how they're performing in school. Be a proactive parent and check in with teachers on your teen's progress. A lot of parents don't have time to have in-person meetings with teachers, and that's ok! These days, a lot of teachers are available via e-mail so it won't interfere with your busy schedule.
3. Consistent communication. If you constantly ask your teen "how's your day?" and get a shrug or a short answer, don't be discouraged! Keep the lines of communication open with your teen by asking more guided questions. Try getting your teen to open up by asking him or her to share the high and low points of the day, or what he or she learned in a specific class. Questions like these will prevent your teen from holding back and will help you stay in the loop as a parent.
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