3 Ways to Ensure your Teen Has a Successful School Year

With fall just around the corner, parents start strategizing on how to enable their children to be happy and productive at school.  

Hopefully summer was fun-filled and relaxing, and the challenges of the previous year were learning experiences that provide a place to grow and improve.  Here are some effective ways to ensure that the fun continues but that a smooth transition back into academics is possible.

Capitalize on Strengths.  Culturally, we tend to emphasize improvement on areas where we are lacking, based on the idea that we need to maintain a well-rounded approach to learning.  And while there is nothing wrong with that, educators also remind us that playing to our children’s natural abilities offers distinct academic advantages.  

Encourage Socialization. All parents are concerned that the emergence of social media interferes with study, but a recent study at the Pew research center informs us that teens use social media to strengthen their relationships in positive ways.  Of course, a balance must be struck, but moderate use of these platforms have be shown to help adolescents to find common ground and make connections. http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/teenagers-leading-happy-connected-lives-online/

Don’t Be Afraid of Failure. The term “helicopter mom” didn’t come out of a vacuum.  As society puts more and more pressure on our teens to get into good schools, we feel put upon as parents, often maneuvering to protect them.  But initial failure, as many tech billionaires will tell you, actually arm young people with coping strategies and learning experiences that provide them with resilience later on in life. Giving our teens room to navigate setbacks is essential to their long-term success.

Of course we want our children to be well adjusted and get the most out of their time in junior high or high school, a time we all admit can be very challenging socially and academically.  We serve them better by staying communicative, encouraging and allowing them make decisions to better develop into engaged and motivated adults.

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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