When your child is in high school, the child spends more time on his or her own. Still, your child needs you as much as ever. No matter what he or she says, your child still needs your guidance and wants you to be involved in his or her life. Children feel much more secure and are more motivated to learn when their parents are involved in their education.
For many reasons, it can be difficult for parents to see how they can support their child’s learning in high school. Here are some suggestions:
- Go with your child to the school to discuss her plans for the future and choices for courses.
- Ask if the courses your child is taking will help him reach his goals for after high school.
- Know what subjects your child is studying.
- Check on your child’s grades regularly, not just when report cards come home.
- If your child is having difficulty in a class, make sure she gets help.
- Get to know your child’s friends. Talk to him about the types of friends you want him to have. This should be a high priority because peers play a large role in students’ lives at this age.
- Talk to your child about how to ask for help at school and whom she can ask.
- Attending school functions such as open houses and parent teacher conferences continues to be very important during the middle and high school years.
- Talk with your child about school. Ask questions like:
- Who are the teachers that care about you at school?
- What classes do you like best in school?
- What are you learning?
- What are you writing about for school?
- What are you reading?
- Tell me what you enjoy learning about the most.
- What subject has been the hardest?
- When you don’t understand something in class, what do you do?