These goals

can be a great way to keep him focused on achievement throughout the year.

For example, here are some goals one teen developed:

• I want to earn a varsity letter in at least one sport this year.

• I want to get at least a B in chemistry.

• I want to improve my writing skills before I apply for colleges next year.

Now post those goals where your teen can see them—on the refrigerator, above his desk, or on the wall in his bedroom.

Each month, ask him what he needs to do to help accomplish his goals. For example, if he wants to earn a varsity letter, he’ll need to set aside time to practice his sport throughout the year. If he wants a good chemistry grade, he needs to set aside regular time to review and study the subject.

Then ask your teen how you can help him achieve his own goals. He may say, “I’m going to need a little reminding to run at least three times a week.” Or, he may say, “I don’t want you to interfere—these are my goals.”

By respecting these requests, you go a long way toward developing a sense of self-motivation in your teen.

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