Parents and schools need to work together for the betterment of the students. Parents play an important role in providing support and building the confidence of their children. Parents should check some of the tips below that they can use to develop their children’s confidence and improve their school experience.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Share self-control strategies with your teen

Teens need to know how to behave without being told by an adult. But self-control takes practice. Help your teen think about what she knows about herself. If pressing her lips together means she's getting angry, it should also mean it's time to cool down. She could try holding several deep breaths for a second or two, then letting them out slowly. Remind your teen to listen to herself. If it feels wrong, she shouldn't do it.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Avoid the strain of overscheduling

When teens get involved in too many activities, it puts a strain on their homework time, their family life and on the teens themselves. Early in the school year, talk with your teen about activity choices. Let him know that you expect him to put schoolwork and family life first. Beyond those, two activities are usually enough for teens to manage. Time alone is also important, and your teen should allow time for a hobby he enjoys on his own.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Know what's on your teen's mind

Interpreting your teen's behavior is easier when you know how she thinks. Kids in their early to mid teens often believe that other people are thinking about the same things they are focusing on. If you want your teen to think about your request instead, steer her gently. Teens also think that other people are judging their every move. Make your home a haven where your teen is loved for who she is.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Drinking and thinking don't mix

You know drinking alcohol increases a teen's risk of being involved in automobile accidents or engaging in unprotected sex. But did you know alcohol can also damage a teen's ability to learn? Teen alcohol use can lead to poor memory, poor self-control, aggressive behavior, reduced problem-solving ability and reduced visual and spatial skills. The effects can be worse if your teen is on medication or has ADHD.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Address risks to keep sports positive

The benefits of sports are well known. But it is also important to know the risks, and how to prevent or treat problems. Make sure your teen wears protective gear that fits. If he is injured, he should recover before returning to play. Speak to his doctor if you have concerns. Also, don't risk burnout by letting sports take over your teen's life. He is young and should have many interests.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Encourage writing as a form of self-expression

An ability to write well helps teens get good grades now and good jobs later. Encourage your teen to practice her skills by jotting down her impressions and feelings. Hand her a pen and paper and say, "I'd love it if you wrote down your thoughts on what you see on our trip." Or give her a journal she can use to write down her ideas. Just don't read it without an invitation.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Accountability helps teens resist peer pressure

One way parents can help teens resist peer pressure is by holding them accountable. It's hard to watch your teen make a mistake by yielding to the influence of others. But it will be even harder for him later if you don't let him learn from his error. If your teen is in trouble at school because he went out with friends and didn't do an assignment, don't bail him out. Next time he may think twice.

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