Going to a new school can always be stressful, but high school is the icing on the cake. New friends, new teachers, more work, and prospects of college are just a few of the stressors that kids are concerned about. As a parent we want to smooth the transition for our teen in the best possible ways.
This may be a delicate prospect for some teens, so promoting conversation to help them discuss their fears and excitement may be difficult for some parents and kids. Yet talking about what is ahead is probably the most helpful thing to do. Following your teen’s lead is difficult if they are reserved. Let’s think about the best way to enter their world.
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Teens like to know their parents have faith in their judgments and ability to make decisions. Lend a guiding hand but only after carefully listening to their ideas and wishes for success academically and socially. Let them know you are behind them all the way.
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst with specialized clinical training in infant-parent, child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy. She has been on the faculties of New York University and the Society for Psychoanalytic Study and Research, among others.
She has written extensively on parenting for various publications, including the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, The International Journal of Infant Observation, The Inner World of the Mother, Newsday’s Parents & Children Magazine, Long Island Parent.
She also wrote her popular column, PARENTAL INTELLIGENCE, at Moms Magazine and has been a parenting expert for numerous publications such as Good Housekeeping.. She currently writes for Active Family Magazine (San Francisco) and blogs for Huffington Post.
Her new book is Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior.
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