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Stay engaged in education! Research shows that family trust, communication and involvement in education have a bigger effect than school learning environment on student achievement. Staying involved in your teen’s education is critical, especially if he isn’t currently going to school. Make learning a family priority. Ask your teen about what he’s learning each day. […]

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Personalize motivation to fit your teen All parents want their children to succeed. But when your goals don’t match your teen’s, attempts to inspire can backfire. To motivate your teen, support her interests when you can. Applaud what she does well. Where she doesn’t excel, focus more on her efforts than the results. And let […]

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Foster self-discipline for academic success When teens think of discipline, they often think of parents and teachers correcting misbehavior. But the most effective kind of discipline is actually self-discipline. To encourage it, give your teen a say in setting his own study schedule. Then let him experience the consequences of his actions. If he puts […]

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See America’s wonders on a national park virtual tour A virtual trip to a national park is a great way for your teen to explore history, science and conservation topics without leaving home. Many U.S. national parks and monuments offer these online tours. Sit down with her and check out the geysers of Yellowstone, or […]

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Share a tip for getting over writer’s block If your teen has a paper due but is stuck in front of an empty page, ask him to write down as many ideas about the topic as he can in five minutes. If he’s working on a computer, have him darken the screen so he can’t […]

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Take a break to avoid overreacting Your teen was supposed to put out the trash, but it is still in the kitchen. You may be furious, but a severe punishment can backfire and make her angry, sneaky and defiant. If your teen has broken the rules and you are seeing red, ask for some time. […]

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Cheating is wrong under any circumstances Today, with many students learning in unusual circumstances, they may feel that the usual rules about academic honesty don’t apply. But the truth is that a teen who cheats is cheating himself of learning. Remind your teen that there is no difference between copying from an online source without […]

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The ‘Three-Minute Rule’ gives teens time to think Teens are naturally impulsive. They often act first and think later. To help your teen develop better judgment, teach her the “Three-Minute Rule.” Encourage her to spend three minutes thinking before making a decision. During that time, she should ask herself some questions: “Is this the right […]

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Respond to requests with reading opportunities Here’s a great way to add more reading to your teen’s day. The next time he asks you for something, have him read something to get it. Does he want something to eat? Give him a cookbook. Does he want the latest cool gadget? Ask him to research online […]

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Don’t let your teen provoke you into arguing If you have the feeling that your teen is doing something just to irritate you, it’s OK to ignore it. You can also ignore whining, muttering, eye-rolling and re-arguing settled issues. Just tell your teen you’ll listen when she’s polite. Don’t ignore behavior that creates a problem […]