New world, New expirence

Starting up in high school.

2-way road

The beginning of High School is a very difficult time in an young adults life as most of you know. The student is breaking a new milestone in the young life, and it can be rough. However, there are many different ways you can look at your child's ride through High School!
It can be a fun and exciting ride or an terrifying ride, you can help your child help make his or her's choices with good guidelines and values. Your child will make selections in High School that will pave the way for them in anything they want to be in life.


How to support High School students

Students need to have a balance of independence and need to be supports as well.

"The transition into adolescence is characterized by often-conflicting desires for autonomy and independence coupled with the need for support" (Frey). When a student begins High School they really feel like they may be grown up enough to take on everything head on and at once, but that's not the case. Parents must keep an eye on their child but from a distance. The child needs to start getting the feel of independence in there life because that will show how they will act when they are independent in their future life. Ask about their day at school, have dinner at the table and have conversations with your child. you should put in your opinion of what your child should do in certain situations but let them ultimately make the choice in the end so they can learn from choices, mistakes or not.



The realationship between you and your child.

"Adolescents are vulnerable to becoming involved in problematic behaviors,

disengaging academically, and dropping out of school" (Frey). This is why you should be involved in your child's experience as a freshman. Even if you have a close relationship with your child your child could participate in risk taking behaviors. The child could show signs of rebellious behavior because of new groups of kids they could associated with or from neglect at school. You must always support your child in the things they do at school.

Parental warmth, supervision, support and involvement help children cope despite

challenging environments (Frey).
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One on One with your child

In High School your child is really wanting to identify them self as a person and label them self, and self esteem is a critical part of the mind to have if they are to be of a positive group of people and progress in future society. "Young people who are identity achieved or exploring have higher self-esteem, feel more in control of their own lives, are more likely to view school and work as feasible avenues for realizing their aspirations, and are more advanced in moral reasoning" (Berk 404). Helping your child find what they want to do with their life is obviously a very big step in your child's life. Its very important they know what they want to, and High School is when they seriously start to talk about what they want to do.


Be their bestfriend

The most important thing you can do it definitely BE THEIR BEST FRIEND! If you stay the child's best friend they will always open up to you and will let you help them with difficult situations and let you help them. Your child will always value your opinion even if they don't at the first, because you're their parent and nothing can change that. If your patient and trusting with your child it will be healthy for you and your child. You have been there been in High School yourself and you know how it is in High School, the players may change but the game remains the same. At the end of the day you know the main goal for your child is to have a healthy and fun High School experience and graduate. Even though your child is the one going through the experience, it will still be and experience for you to.


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Refrences

Frey, A., Ruchkin, V., Martin, A., & Schwab-Stone, M. (2009). Adolescents in Transition: School and Family Characteristics in the Development of Violent Behaviors Entering High School. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 40(1), 1-13. doi:10.1007/s10578-008-0105-x


Berk, L. (2010). Development throuth the lifespan. (5 ed., p. 404). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.