Most parents can answer that question without thinking. That’s because they met the principal many times at school and at school functions.

But many parents might have to check the yearbook for the name of their teen’s high school principal. With thousands of teens attending some high schools, often parents feel too isolated to be involved at school. Then a problem crops up, and they don’t know where to turn.

If this sounds like you, make a New Year’s resolution. Go to your teen’s school and volunteer to help with whatever activity is most important to your child. And while you’re at it, make an appointment with your teen’s principal and a few teachers.

Don’t let anyone put you off. Your teen may protest, but will secretly appreciate your efforts. And the more connected you are, the smoother the rest of your teen’s journey through high school will be.

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