Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School

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Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School

  1. 1. Introducing—
  2. 2. Top TenStrategies for aGreat Start toHigh School!
  3. 3. Many schools in Chicagoland begin before and just afterLabor Day. These ten tips will help you and your teens get off to a great start to High School!
  4. 4. Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School! 10 4 Blinks, Not YearsThese four years will speed past,faster than any before. You need tofind new ways to say connected andengaged. The old ways won’t workanymore. You’re dealing with anentirely new version of your child.Don’t be surprised. Don’t be absent.Don’t be naive. Don’t be sorry.
  5. 5. Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School! 9 Higher StakesHigh school is all about higher things:higher risks, higher grades, highergoals, and higher demands, higherdistractions, and higher independence.You and your child need to choose afew key priorities—and stick to them.Sports and outside events can impactgrades. Resumés aren’t track records.
  6. 6. Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School! 8 Test the LimitsTime management is a balancing actand will get out of balance—often.Don’t protect or fix this. Let your teenexperience a taste of poor planningearly to avoid over-confidence and abigger fall later on. Be there to helpstrategize for next time, but no “I toldyous.” They already know. Really.
  7. 7. Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School! 7 No One’s InvincibleKids think bad things can’t happen tothem. Driving, drinking, drugs, failing,getting caught, getting hurt—allhappen to others—until they don’t.Engage your community. Remember,stories and advice from people whoare not their parents carry the mostweight. Be there. Remember, they’restill young, in bigger sized shoes.
  8. 8. Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School! 6 Even Your Child. . .Even those perfect angels will bend thetruth, deny the evidence, and expectyou to believe them. Don’t rely on pasthistory. Keep your eyes open. Trustyour gut. Ignoring small clues willonly lead to bigger incidents goingforward. If you sense something’swrong—changes are good, it may be.
  9. 9. Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School! 5 Choose a Few RulesBe resolute in your commitment tofollowing through on whatever toughconsequences you establish. Nomatter how hard. From “All Bs or nokeys” to “zero tolerance” or “noquestions asked”, set family rules upbefore incidents occur. Everyoneneeds to know the price before eventsoccur and emotions set in—for all.
  10. 10. Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School! 4 Trust Your GutIndependence isn’t indifference. Keepwatch. Stay awake. Listen more thanyou talk. Give a hug and kiss, look inyour child’s eyes, and check a pocketor two. Pay a new kind of attention,from a slight distance. Watch forchanges in behavior, depression, andsecrecy. It all means something. Don’tover-react, and don’t under-react.
  11. 11. Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School! 3 Get Help for YourselfHave the tough conversations. Ifyou’re unsure how to begin, get help.Read, research, and seek out experts—for you. Learn from others and keeptrying. Remember how long it took foryour child to walk? This is just adifferent kind of journey. You need tobe close by. Let your teen get up fromtumbles; provide support for big falls.
  12. 12. Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School! 2 It’s YOUR Wallet!Unsupervised parties get out of handfast. Even if you’re miles away, a partyat your home makes you responsible.You are liable. Let police know yourtravel plans and choose this issue asone of your rules. It can destroy allyou’ve built. No matter what, do NOTenable drinking—ever. Teens cannotdistinguish.
  13. 13. Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School! 1 It’s About TimeTeens really do operate under adifferent body clock. Most are nightowls, hate morning, and really poorjudges of their own limits. If your teenmust work, tie this to grades. If yourteen needs help with courses or testprep, consider a contribution (skin inthe game) to increase commitment.Choose your battles wisely. It helps.
  14. 14. Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School! All Together!10 4 Blinks, Not Years9 Higher Stakes8 Test the Limits7 No One’s Invincible6 Even Your Child. . .
  15. 15. Top Ten Strategies for a Great Start to High School! All Together!5 Choose a Few Rules4 Trust Your Gut3 Get Help for Yourself2 It’s YOUR Wallet!1 It’s About Time
  16. 16. These ten tips are designed foryou to consider and customizeto meet the needs of your teens and your school. Here’s to astrong start to 4 great years at High School!
  17. 17. Questions?Thank you!

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