Entries by Jill Pless

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Share a four-step approach to essay tests Teens who are unsure how to approach essay tests are often anxious about them. Share four steps with your teen to build his confidence: 1. Schedule time. Three essays in 40 minutes means 10 minutes for each with 10 minutes to check work. 2. Read the question carefully […]

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School counselors can help you support your teen Your teen’s school counselor is here to help her. But the counselor is also a resource for you. Contact the counselor if you have questions about your teen’s classes or her schedule. You can also call if you are concerned about your teen’s behavior, or to get […]

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Encourage activities that reveal strengths and interests Discovering strengths and interests is a key step in the journey toward college and career readiness. Reading widely will expose your teen to new ideas and pursuits. So will talking to people about their jobs and interests. Encourage him to try new things, such as a new club […]

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Do you know the signs of inhalant abuse? Inhalant abuse is highest among young people under 25 years old. And for too many, it is fatal. Could your teen be using household items such as felt-tip markers, glue and paint to get high? Contact a doctor or school counselor if you see these signs: slurred […]

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Give your discouraged teen a boost A teen’s self-esteem is a fragile thing. If a bad grade or an argument has your teen down, suggest an “esteem booster” to remind her that she’s great: Have her list her positive qualities, or encourage her to do something for herself, like going for a run. Surprising someone […]

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Regular bedtimes help students get enough sleep Research shows that more than half of all teens are tired in school every day. To help your teen get the necessary sleep to do well in school, establish (and stick to) a bedtime that is at least eight hours before the morning alarm rings. Agree on a […]

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Make reading a social activity Students who often read for pleasure have large vocabularies and strong thinking skills. To encourage reading for the fun of it, throw a family reading party. Make some snacks and gather together to read for 30 minutes. Everyone can read what they like. Or watch a movie based on a […]

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Let your teen practice public speaking on you Effective presentation skills will help your teen achieve his goals in school and success in the workplace. But public speaking takes practice. To help your teen, be an audience. When he has an oral report to do, have him present it to you. Ask him to make […]

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To encourage critical thinking, analyze the ads Teens are the targets of billions of advertising dollars each year. To develop your teen’s critical thinking skills, have her watch a TV ad repeatedly. Then ask questions: Who is the audience for this ad? What has the advertiser done to try to sell the product? Which statements […]

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When talking isn’t working, try writing If you are having trouble talking to your teen about something important, consider writing him a note. Writing allows you the time to find the right words. It also gives your teen time to read and think about your note before responding. Writing shouldn’t replace conversation, but it can […]