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High School Self-Management Tips: Here’s How to Help Your Child

Here are some methods and resources to help your teenager thrive in their high school years and learn independence to thrive as adults.

High School is where your child starts the jump from adolescence to adulthood. They learn more about themselves and the world through social interactions and the simple act of getting older. Not to mention their homework gets more demanding. That’s why parents need to be there as a teen’s #1 Supporter.

In recent times there has been a boom of online schooling. Whether it’s due to Covid-19 or that more options are available for flexible learning, teenagers work from home on their schoolwork more than ever. 

Going without a school structure can cause issues with focus, so learning how to self-manage their time and their To-Do list is vital. 

Below are some methods and resources to help your teenager thrive in their high school years and learn independence to thrive as adults.

Create Stability and Communication

Stability in a schedule is the best way for a developing teen to operate. That can come from having dinner together in the evenings, a calendar on the fridge with assignments due, or simply having a touch base conversation in the morning before the day starts. 

Not only will this keep communication open between you and your teenager, but this will also help them stay on track and aware of their homework and other projects. Knowing how to self study is key to succeeding, there are many resources online to help make a study plan.

Giving your teen the set aside space for school and studying. Keep the distractions to a minimum and make sure it’s comfortable and designated for studying. Here is a link to hear more about study spaces and how to implement one into your home.

Learn School Policies and Requirements

The first step of helping your teen succeed, is understanding what they’re going through. Identify critical dates for finals, projects, and events that your teenager will need to attend or study for. Let school be a shared topic but not the only aspect of your relationship with your teenager. 

If you have a family calendar, apply relevant information to not forget important dates and deadlines. It will keep everyone on the same page and build accountability. 

Pay Attention to Their Mental and Physical Health 

Keep an eye on if your teen is eating enough, drinking water, and getting enough sleep. The teenage years are the last significant development physically and mentally for humans. They need lots of sleep to operate properly. 

Make sure your teen has a proper diet and exercise and teach them how to maintain their needs once they’re no longer under your roof. This could mean teaching them to cook or about nutrition. Incorporating daily walks into their lives is great for their well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health, and it’s easy for teenagers to feel isolated and overwhelmed when faced with school and social stressors. Oncoming adulthood is frightening.

Consider finding a counselor for your teenager to attend weekly or biweekly sessions to stay on top of their emotions and life’s stressors. You can look for a school therapist or search locally.

It gives them a safe and confidential place to talk about their lives and emotions. This will help them manage their well-being and schoolwork in high school and beyond. 

Learning coping mechanisms and tactics to manage their mental health and schoolwork in high school will help them be an overall healthier and more productive adult in the “Real World”.

Talk to Them About the Future

Growing up is scary. There are so many choices and paths that could be taken. Whether it’s a career or education, your teenager has big steps to take. It’s essential to prepare them for adult life and all the skills they’ll need to thrive.

Time management and self-discipline are important for any young adult to grasp. If your teen wants to go right into college, they’ll need to understand how to follow deadlines and study independently. This is applicable if they want to step right into the workforce, talk to them about their passions and how to build credit or change a tire.

Your teenager’s education career will undoubtedly lead them off into adult life. Becoming an adult has no exact manual. We all walk unique paths on our way through life. It’s your job as a parent to make sure your child is independent and able to succeed and stay healthy as an adult.

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