Wow. This is the 42nd blog that I’ve written. I love the number 42 – according to Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy , 42 is a magical number, and then, of course, there’s Jackie Robinson!
I also get to talk about one of my favorite subjects – living with teens! As school is upon us, here are two simple tips that may help both you and your teen manage the school year responsibly, successfully, and enjoyably.
- Be connected: One of the best indicators of teens school performance is how connected they feel with their school. Parents and caregivers can help children connect by encouraging them to engage in a wide range school activities and create relationships with their teachers. Did you know that contentedness not only predicts greater school success, but is also linked to lower rates of sexual activity, suicide, violent behavior, and reduced alcohol, cigarette and drug use? Nice.
- Stay connected: Many parents become less involved with school as the days of “classroom parent” end and kids get embarrassed, when with their friends, by that parting kiss or hug. But, the research is pretty clear that children do better in school and have more positive attitudes about it in their teen years when parents stay connected with the school. No, your teens won’t want you to go on the next field trip with them, but there are still lots of ways to show them you are interested in their world (after all, they spend an avg. of 7 hours a day there!) Here’s the short list, my next blog will explore them even more.
- Know their teachers
- Communicate with the school
- Support your teen
- Expect Success
Until next time, enjoy the homework and the family! D