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Getting Teens Ready to go Back to School

Posted Aug 21 2012 7:00am

It’s that time of year again! Some of us are happy that our kids will soon go back to school and some of us are sad. Maybe you have a mixture of emotions, believe me, whatever you feel about this time of year it is completely normal. It’s hard to be a working mom and have teenagers off for the summer, and it’s hard to be a stay at home mom and have kids off for the summer. It’s fun, but it can mess up our schedule! Plus, it can be rough finding things for teenagers to do to keep them busy and out of trouble.

Well, now you don’t have to worry about that, but now there are other issues to conquer, such as getting your teen ready to go back to school. The first few days and weeks of school can be hard on a teenager and parents because of acclimating to a schedule, getting up earlier, and being a lot busier with activities. No more long leisurely days reading books, playing video games, watching TV and eating. Now, it’s time to get down to business.

There are ways to make it less stressful for everyone involved.

Celebrate — Yes! Why not celebrate the milestone of whatever year of high school your teen is going to embark upon? It’s an exciting time for everyone. It’s not just stressful, it’s also fun. Your attitude will go a long way in ensuring that your teenager also has a good attitude about what’s to come.

Schedule — It helps if you start practicing the schedule a little early so that your teenagers won’t be too tired when school first starts. The week prior to school starting talk to your teen about getting their room prepared for school, organized, and ready for the days of studying and getting ready. While bedtimes for teens aren’t that effective, it’s perfectly okay to require teenagers to go to their room and be quiet without computer screens or other screens by a certain reasonable time each night. It’s also okay to make them get up in the morning by giving them something to do and goals to meet.

Go over rules – Summertime is a time of leisure and sometimes rules are forgotten or overlooked. If your house has been a summer hangout for the entire neighborhood it might be time to reestablish control over the house and get ready to create a house ready for studying. If too much action is going on before and after school it will be difficult for a teenager to calm down and devote themselves to studying. Go over all rules and renegotiate according to responsibility level and age.

Set expectations – It’s also important to talk to your teenager about what you expect them to accomplish this year of their high school career. Do you expect A’s? Do you want your teenager to improve upon any subject or skill? Let them know what you expect and give them clear guidelines on how to achieve your expectations and the consequences of not succeeding through laziness or attitude issues. Remember to set achievable and realistic expectations, applying too much pressure can backfire.

If you want to help your teen have successful High School years, click here for practical and instant advice . This guide shows you how you can allow your teen to have some independence while providing support and guidance to them as they make their way through high school, and the best part is that you can get started right now!

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