Instead of being frustrated because your child has a trait you don’t have, remind yourself that the characteristic is special and unique—just like your child.
The next time your child wants to have a chat with you, resist all temptation to interject disagreements, corrections, or other “chat killers” and focus on listening and sharing ideas.
Whenever your children are honest about something they’ve done of which you don’t approve, be sure to praise them for their honesty before enforcing consequences for their actions.
Talk with your kids about how and why they need to speak up for themselves and resist those who encourage them to try unsafe behaviors. Practice what to do in difficult situations.
Help your child learn one new life skill this week by asking her or him to work with you on a task or project.
As a family, talk about what you hope your lives will be like in six months, a year, five years, ten years. This helps teach your child that a vision is the first step of a plan.
Encourage your child to seek help when needed from peers and teachers, and form study groups.
Talk to a school counselor about career interest inventories that can help your child find careers that fit his or her interests.
Avoid the “senior slump.” Enroll your teen in at least one class that offers college credit. Get more tips for college readiness >>
Ask your school if your child’s test scores indicate he or she will be college ready in math, writing, and reading. Get more tips for college readiness >>
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