10 Back-to-School Tips for Parents of High-School Students

Two students on their way back to high school.
Start a successful school year—and keep it going!

1. Your high-school student should be thinking about her future.Will I go to college? Should I try to find a job? What should I do? Listen to her, support her, and have an open mind about the endless possibilities.

2. If your high-school student has a job, then help him manage his money and time. Help him to create a budget, and have a savings plan.

3. At this stage, most kids will be getting their driver’s license and many will be driving to school. Take time to help them learn by taking them driving. Be supportive, clear, and direct when discussing safety on the road.

4. When your high-school student gets her driver’s license, have clear rules as to when, how, and with whom she drives. Give her clear guidelines. “You will not be texting while driving,” and “Always buckle up when driving!” Make sure she knows that driving is a great responsibility and privilege.

5. Help your high-school student manage stress. Find time for the whole family to get physical and let off some steam.

6. Find time to have dinner together. During dinner, make sure everyone has a chance to share the highlights of their day and how they may do things differently tomorrow.

7. Your teen may be working hard to balance extra-curricular activities and school activities this year. Help your teen become a master time manager by standing your ground and enforcing at-home chores and family responsibilities.

8. Remind your child that although ACT and SAT results are important to post-secondary schools, achievement as a well-rounded student counts just as much. Students’ GPAs, extracurricular activities, application essays, and volunteer experiences are all important factors in demonstrating success in school on college applications.

9. At the same time, don’t forget that standardized test scores are also an integral part of the application. Whether your child is struggling or doing well in school, consider enrolling him in a test-preparation course.

10. At this age, friendships and romance become more important while cliques become less so. Set clear rules and guidelines about dating. Your teen should have a curfew that is enforced, and you should monitor your teen’s mood and behavior to ensure that dating is not affecting academic performance. It is important for parents to be viewed as approachable while still maintaining their parental authority.

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Any parents have a children anxiety and panic disorder. My son went the first day. Each day after he’s hyperventilation that he’s scared. Doesn’t discuss what scares him. Begins cough and wheezing. Every day its getting worse. We recently started therapist see him. Still can’t get him to go to school. Any help or advice or strategies. here be appreciated.

I’m a high school PTA President who will share these with my list serve. I’m also over 50 with bad eyesight. Could you use a bigger font so that these are easier to read. I’m afraid many people won’t even look at them.

Thank you for taking the time to post up these tips. I have a teenager about to begin high school so I have been doing a lot of reading online of advice for students and parents. Perhaps the best resource I have discovered so far has been a book from Karyn Rashoff called Parents in Highschooland. The author worked for over 30 years as a high school guidance counselor so there is a wealth of highly experienced advice that I found extremely valuable. http://highschooland.com/

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These are some great tips! Thank you! Can I also suggest that Habit RPG is a cool website tool to motivate people to do things? Perhaps the whole family can get a character and then you can level up, complete quests, get pets, acquire armor, etc. but these things only happen when you check off your ‘to-dos,’ complete a daily task or fulfill a particular habit. You could even create a special challenge for your family. This is a good way to create a fun incentive for kids to do their homework, do ten minutes of Spanish vocab every day, or remember to be kind to a sibling.

As a student myself (though not in high school, but I still enjoy the competitive gaming aspect), Habit RPG has tapped into my inner OCD need to check things off lists. It also works as a great reminder since it’s easier not to let small tasks slip through the cracks when you write them down.

Worth a look, check it out: habitrpg.com

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