Help Your Teen Beat the High School Blues
Have you noticed your teen being a lot more stressed lately? Perhaps going to a new high school, or attending a high school with great diversity has created a stressful scenario for your teen. Facing these high school blues can be difficult, but if you become an active parent in your teen’s life, you can help them face these hard times head-first and make it better for them.
It’s hard being a teenager these days. All too often, teens get wrapped up in the bad attitude crowd. Remind your teen that being friendly does pay. After all, you usually receive what you exude. If your teen is giving out haughty airs, chances are s/he’ll be on the receiving in of a lot of bad attitude from other teens. Sometimes a little bit of nice goes a long way.
Like Water Off A Duck’s Back
There’s a common saying that sticks and stones might break bones but words are not harmful. This is totally untrue. Words do hurt. Sometimes they hurt a lot worse than stick s and stones. Instead of trying to teach your teen to live by some off-the-wall saying, teach them instead to ignore those rude or hateful remarks. Better yet, teach them how to rise above those hurtful times and become a better person because of it.
Look Toward The Future
Of all ways to beat the high school blues, one of the best ways is to be sure to encourage your teen (before teen years) to set goals for themselves and look towards their bright future. Kids who are unfocused and have no goals or dreams are often the ones who let crazy high school years drag them down. Talk with your teen about what they want to do after high school. Help plan their college education. Get them excited about life after high school.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2008 Hope Wilbanks