Whether it’s your teen’s first year in high school or his last, there are some important resolutions for you to make. These can lead your teen to a more successful school year.
- Write down the names and phone numbers of all your teen’s teachers. Also write down the phone numbers of the principal, the school attendance office and your teen’s guidance counselor. Then put them in a place where you’ll be able to find them later in the year.
- Make an appointment to meet with each of your teen’s teachers before the end of the first marking period. You can do this at Back to School Night. It’s important to open communication before problems arise.
- Make plans to attend the school events that involve your teen. You’ll have fun; you’ll show that you care about your child and his school and you’ll get to meet other parents. These contacts will be useful when your teen tells you he’s the only student who has a curfew.
- Homework is essential in high school. Your teen can make decisions about when to do homework, but not whether to do it. Make it clear that there will be homework time at your house every day.
- Even if your teen isn’t sure he wants to go to college, make sure the courses he takes leave that option open. Check with a guidance counselor to make sure your teen will be on track to attend college if he wishes.
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