When Your Teen Has Trouble In School
is going through a lot of changes when they begin high-school.
These changes may have an impact on their functioning both academically
and socially. Here are some ways to make sure that these changes
don't have detrimental long-term effects.
* Have you teens grades fallen? You should talk to a teacher
and try to discover the reasons. It could be that your teen needs
more time and structure devoted to school work at home.
* Consider a temporary dip in grades as part of his/her adjustment
if he/she has just started junior high or high school. But if
the drop in grades is dramatic and sudden, it may be a sign that
your teen is depressed, abusing drugs or alcohol, or in some other
kind of trouble.
* Talk to your teen, with school officials, and, if need be, with
a family counselor or psychotherapist to find ways to help.
* If your teen has trouble making friends, listen and help him
find ways to make contact with others (for example, participate
in extra-curricular activities or youth activities) to give him/her
more confidence and more joy in his/her life.
* If your teen isn't interested in school, your interest and
involvement may help to make a difference. Participate in PTA
activities, go to school games, encourage him/her to develop school
spirit. When your teen sees that what happens is worth interest,
he/she might decide it's worth his/her interest too.
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