How To Help Your Teen Be Successful in High School
In one download, receive all SIX RESOURCES on how to help your teen transition from middle school to high school and manage high school with less stress:
Confidence: Teens are experiencing the most significant brain developmental stage of its career. It begins by making teens very aware of themselves and encouraging them to start practicing independence from their parents/guardians and looking to peers for support, acceptance and guidance. Teens are building their peer group and creating their own identity all at the same time they are comparing themselves to others. Working on self-confidence benefits teens significantly. Teens are often told they 'should' have self-confidence but are rarely taught what it means to have self-confidence or how to appropriately measure their self-confidence. They are not taught that self-confidence is a concept that grows, recedes, grows again then recedes. It is not black and white. Teens often confuse self-confidence with arrogance, which is not at all the same thing.
Empathy: Empathy is a skill, a skill that can atrophy if it is not practiced. Teens will benefit from practicing empathy because not only will it give them a better understanding of others but practicing empathy will help them create their identity. It will encourage the development of self awareness, self compassion in addition to compassion and awareness for others. Having empathy for others is certainly important but it's also important to have empathy for ourself.
Manage a Bully: Bullying has been around for 100's of years and will likely be around for 100's of years into the future. As long as humans continue to be individual, unique and have differing opinions and cultures, come together in groups there will likely be some form of bullying. I believe we can put a significant dent in the intensity of the bullying by teaching young children empathy and assertiveness. For teens entering High School, however, they would benefit from a tool that WORKS to manage a bully. In this resource the tool used to manage a bully WORKS and builds confidence, assertiveness and empathy at the same time.
Time Management & Organization: Due to their brain being 'Under Construction' a teen has to work extra hard to be on time and organized. Parents and teachers often complain and get exhausted repeating themselves all the time, and I don't blame them!! But the repetition is SO IMPORTANT and actually very necessary to assisting teens in developing their time management and organization executive function skills their brain is currently trying to develop. This developmental process starts at age 12 and completes at age 25. Teaching teens practical time management and organizational methods and tools will help, and be ready to repeat yourself!
Communication: Communication is about more than the spoken or written word. This is a valuable mental health skill for teens to understand and practice because of the brain developmental stage they are experiencing. They are working hard on creating their identity and expressing themselves to the world. I don't intend to teach teens to care an unbalanced amount about what others think of them or even to use what others think to drive their identity creation. However, it is important to understand how one's self expression is a form of communication and what that might be saying to the world. Understanding intention behind communication whether it's verbal or written, via what they're wearing and how they are behaving.
Assertiveness Training: 9 times out of 10 when I ask a teen to tell me what assertiveness means they tell me they have never heard of the word. I explain it means to 'appropriately stand up for yourself and say 'no' when you don't want to do something', and they often tell me they could never do that because "I don't want to be mean". So they learn how to use manipulation and lies to avoid doing the things they don't want to do. Assertiveness training is a valuable mental health skill for teens to have for High School and life. Using appropriate assertiveness will get them a lot further in relationships than using manipulation will.
This Bundle package is great for PARENTS, TEACHERS and COUNSELORS of teens; these 6 resources will prepare teens for success in high school and life. Use these resources in the classroom, at home or as a counseling treatment plan. They make great group activities and start some amazing conversations!
These resources will help you understand a teens developmental progress and the best way to teach them the skills to be successful in middle school, high school and life.