Parenting Tips: 3 Ways Parents Can Help High School Students Cope With Classes

By Myka Bomediano, Parent Herald March 30, 06:49 am

Supporting their kids throughout all their years of studying is something that parents should do. While things like attending back-to-school nights and parent-teacher conferences, as well as visiting the school campus to show support for their children every time they move up a grade, there are some things that parents could do differently for their teens.

Remember that high school can either be the best or worst times of a child's life. With that in mind, here are some things you can do for your high school student to help him cope with classes:

Be Serious About Attendance

The higher level of education comes with more class works, projects, and tests that teens have to cope with daily. Skipping classes will make it difficult for them to catch up, which is why attendance is very important.

If your teen doesn't seem to think so, remember that there are different reasons why teens would want to skip their classes -- Kids Health listed low grades, social problems, or bullies as a few of them. Speaking with their teens about why they are skipping classes is essential to find a way in helping address personal issues that could hinder learning.

Offer Help When Needed

Having more subjects and more homework can be overwhelming, especially for freshmen who are still transitioning to a new environment and seniors who are under stress for graduation and college. Some kids can get by fine, but when grades begin to slip, it's time to step in and help.

Teaching Quality advices supervision rather than actual help. This is where the organizational skills from way back in elementary school can be helpful. By overseeing planning and breaking down tasks, reviewing class materials and offering study techniques, parents become invaluable in surviving the jungles of high school.

Don't Forget: You're Still A Parent

High school is a time where parents get confused between parenting and being a friend to their kids. But remember that as a parent -- especially when it comes to things like alcohol, driving and drugs -- outweigh the consequences of whether or not your child thinks you're cool. A firm hand and an unwavering voice will be beneficial for teen, not only in school, but in other aspects of their lives as well.

These are only some of the tips for parents who want to help their high school kids cope. Do you have any more to add? Sound off in the comments below.

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