Hopefully summer was fun-filled and relaxing, and the challenges of the previous year were learning experiences that provide a place to grow and improve. Here are some effective ways to ensure that the fun continues but that a smooth transition back into academics is possible.
Capitalize on Strengths. Culturally, we tend to emphasize improvement on areas where we are lacking, based on the idea that we need to maintain a well-rounded approach to learning. And while there is nothing wrong with that, educators also remind us that playing to our children’s natural abilities offers distinct academic advantages.
Encourage Socialization. All parents are concerned that the emergence of social media interferes with study, but a recent study at the Pew research center informs us that teens use social media to strengthen their relationships in positive ways. Of course, a balance must be struck, but moderate use of these platforms have be shown to help adolescents to find common ground and make connections.http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/teenagers-leading-happy-connected-lives-online/
Don’t Be Afraid of Failure. The term “helicopter mom” didn’t come out of a vacuum. As society puts more and more pressure on our teens to get into good schools, we feel put upon as parents, often maneuvering to protect them. But initial failure, as many tech billionaires will tell you, actually arm young people with copingstrategies and learning experiences that provide them with resilience later on in life. Giving our teens room to navigate setbacks is essential to their long-term success.
Of course we want our children to be well adjusted and get the most out of their time in junior high or high school, a time we all admit can be very challenging socially and academically. We serve them better by staying communicative, encouraging and allowing them make decisions to better develop into engaged andmotivated adults.