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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Daily Parent Engagement Messages from The Parent Institute

Monday, May 22, 2017
Stop stress from stopping your teen

End-of-the-year assignments, exams and special activities make this a busy time for teens. Many will feel stressed. To help your teen handle stress, listen to him. Don't try to fix problems; just let him talk. Then, ask questions that will help him figure out ways to cope: Has he created a study schedule? Could he reschedule an activity? Encourage healthy eating and exercise, and make sure he gets plenty of sleep.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Make a hobby of critical thinking

Thinking critically involves weighing information. Your teen must not only take the information in, she must decide if she accepts it and how she can use it. Many hobbies offer teens fun ways to practice critical thinking, including: debating (most teens love to argue); playing board games like chess or backgammon; reading for pleasure; doing puzzles (crossword and jigsaw); and playing an instrument.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Three hints help teens find sources for research papers

Collecting source material is a key step in writing a paper that teens too often overlook. Share three secrets for successful research with your teen: 1. Leave enough time. A book may be checked out; the computer may crash. 2. Consider a source's relevance. A 1959 book on space may be out of date; a first-person account of the Civil War from 1862 may still be helpful. 3. Use links or citations in one source to find others.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Start planning now for a better next year 

Maybe this year hasn't been your teen's best. The important thing now is to take action to help him do better next year. First, think about the messages you send your teen. Have you made it clear that school is a family priority? Then, ask your teen what has bothered him about this year, and what he thinks might help. Together, set goals for him that you can both live with, and write down steps to reach them.

Friday, May 26, 2017
Money matters: Boost your teen's financial knowledge

In a few years, your teen will be responsible for her own finances. Teaching her about banking now will help prepare her and sharpen her math skills at the same time. To get started, assign your teen a pretend amount of money, like 500 dollars. Ask her to check the newspaper or online for the savings interest rates at local banks, and calculate how much interest her money would earn in a year at each bank.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Ten minutes can give your teen a big jump on homework

An evening of homework will seem less of a chore if your teen uses just 10 minutes of spare time during the day to get a head start. Ten minutes is enough time for him to skim the next chapter in a textbook or complete one or two math problems. He could also use it to find a source for an upcoming project, learn a few Spanish vocabulary words or preview the new science terms for the next lesson.

Sunday, May 28, 2017
Create a study guide for getting more out of reading

Your teen can learn more from reading assignments by creating a study guide. Have her divide a piece of paper into four columns. In the first, she should write down what she knows about the subject. In the second, have her write what she "thinks" she knows. As she reads, she can mark whether her ideas are correct or incorrect. The third column is for questions she still has after reading; the fourth for ideas about where to find answers.

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