If you have a teenager who is getting ready to start high school, they could be feeling nervous, scared, excited, stressed, anxiety, or a number of other emotions. Of course, like most other teens, they probably will not tell you how they are feeling.
However, even if they seem like they have it altogether this does not mean that they are not terrified inside, perhaps already assuming they will fail. Many parents don’t realize what a vital role they play in their teen’s success. Even though your teen may be very independent, a little support, guidance, and interest will go a long way in helping them succeed.
Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences
Teachers do not stay after-hours to give these conferences for nothing. They provide valuable information, such as falling below the grade level expectations, as well as behavioral issues. Do not wait until there is a concern to attend these. Attend the back-to-school night to learn expectations ahead of time.
Browse the School Website
Review the school calendar, campus layout, testing dates, schedule of special events, and sign up information for extracurricular activities. Many high school teachers also have their own blog of website with resource information, details on homework assignments, and dates for tests and exams. Bookmark these so you can quickly browse them when you get a minute. This will give you an idea of what your teen should be working on or preparing for.
Create a Homework Station
If your teen’s room is large enough, a desk is imperative, but you can always create a homework or study space in your home office, the corner of the living room, or a large walk-in closet. Water features are recommended to have nearby because the sound of cascading water will block distracting sounds and help them focus. It does not have to be large either. Tabletop fountains are inexpensive and offer the same great benefits. Website like SoothingWalls.com is a good place to look for fountains.
Sleep and Diet
Your teen needs brain fuel, which means starting with a nutritious breakfast and packing healthy snacks in their backpack. Sugar and caffeine will have them experiencing highs and lows all day and gluten could make their brain foggy, if they are sensitive. Protein, fiber, and grains will help keep them alert. It is also crucial that they get enough sleep every night. Lack of sleep contributes to inconsistent performance, delayed response time, decreased short-term memory, and decreased attentiveness.