As a parent, the most frequent point of contention I have with my teen and tween is homework. As a school counselor, it is a frequent concern voiced by parents. Homework can quickly become a power struggle, turning kitchen tables into battlefields and consuming family time in the evenings. While there is no easy rule for how many minutes of homework a child “should” have each night, and some nights will have more homework than others, there are ways to help ease the burden.
Students today can seem more involved, well-rounded, and engaged then generations before. The result: BUSY teenagers. What can we do to support and mentor them as life gets stressful?
You might feel a mix of emotions at the beginning of your high school career. There is some uneasiness based on the increased academic rigor, the high-stakes of college admissions, and, of course, new social interactions. However, these same three factors should also be cause for excitement. The following are seven simple hints for easing the tension and having a fun and successful high school career.