September 4, 2018 | by: Bill Bradley


Remind Them That Their Teachers Want Them to Succeed: Kids are often quick to adopt a them vs. me mentality. Teachers, even the stern and “mean” ones, don’t want kids to fail. Encourage kids to ask questions and seek additional help if needed.

Encourage Healthy Habits, and Make Them Easy: Teenagers are known for thinking they are invincible, and that can lead to poor choices. You can’t control everything, but you can encourage them to eat healthfully. And to make smart choices like wearing their seatbelts.

Be the Parent: Sometimes this is the stage when parents shift to being friends with their kids. Your kids have friends. They don’t have a lot of parents. They have you. Set Boundaries. Have expectations.

Sleep: You may need to insist they sleep with their phone in another room. Sleep is essential for growing bodies and developing brains. It’s also a key component of good emotional and mental health.

Leave Time for Fun: In spite of all those assignments and tests, kids need time to enjoy themselves. You may need to schedule it, and that’s fine.

Ask More, Judge Less: With new friends, new activities, and a new schedule, your mind could be racing about some of their choices and you’ll be doing some judging. Try to keep those judgments to yourself unless you are worried about your child’s safety.