Being a parent is the toughest job in the world. We all know it. However, it’s the most rewarding. So it’s essential that you are able to do your job, enjoy it, and raise happy, healthy children. But it can often seem quite hard. Because, just as you think that you’ve got the hang of it, and you’re nailing parenthood, things change. Your children change and they grow up. And when they hit their teens, you’re dealing with mini adults. So you often need to approach things differently. Because now there are a new set of struggles that your children have to deal with. And not everyone tells you that about raising teens. They can get stressed at school for a number of reasons, and you might want to work on it with them.
1. Encourage Them To Open Up
First of all, you’re going to want to actually know the problem. So it can be important for you to have a close bond with your kids, if you can. That way, you’ll be in a much better position to encourage them to open up about how they’re feeling. I know this might sound difficult to some, but I encourage you to try just a little bit every day.
2. Take Action
But then also, you’re going to want to do something about it. If you are sure that their reactions are beyond normal. And that they are struggling way more than they should be, then you are going to want to think about taking action. This could be in the form of teen depression treatment or it could be to lighten their workload or speak to the school about the issues. But if you have concerns, it’s time to act.
3. Get Help
If you know that they are struggling to keep up or understand something in particular, then you will want to make sure that you look into help. Maybe they need a tutor or support with home learning? Just make sure that they have the help they need so that school isn’t stressing them out any more.
4. Nourish Their Mental Health
From here, you’re then going to want to ensure that you’re working on their mental health. Because if they have any hope at being able to work through their stresses, they need to be as tough as they can be. It’s important for them not to let things get to them too much. So if you can raise mentally strong kids, it’s going to be good for them.
5. Keep Them Balanced
Finally, you may also find that you need to really work on ensuring that they are balanced and are doing other things too. Sure, their schoolwork is important. But it’s not all that they should be focusing on. It’s also important for them to ensure that they are still having a childhood and being normal teenagers. This means that you need to encourage them to see friends, to pursue hobbies, and enjoy time with you as a family too.
My name is Rachael and I have been a private tutor for over 10 years. I earned my undergraduate degree in 2 and a half years and earned my graduate degree by age 22. I have tutored dozens of high school students, college students, and graduate students. I offer my resources and experience to help parents learn how to best help their teen or child that is struggling in school.