Today's Tip for Families
While it's still early in the year, ask your teen to set some learning goals. These goals can be a great way to keep your student focused on achievement throughout the year.
As an example, here are some goals one high school junior developed:
Post the list of goals where you and your teen can see them often—on the refrigerator or on her bedroom wall.
Each month, ask your teen what she needs to do to accomplish her goals. Help her make a plan of steps she can take. For example, if she wants to earn a varsity letter, she needs to set aside time to practice her sport throughout the year. If she wants a good chemistry grade, she needs to set aside regular time to review and study the subject.
Then ask your teen how you can help her achieve her goals. She may say, “I’m going to need a little reminding to run at least three times a week.” Or, she may say, “I don’t want you to interfere—these are my goals.” By respecting her requests and her efforts, you'll go a long way toward developing your teen’s sense of self-motivation.
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Wendy Taylor, Executive Director
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