WHEN students enter high school, they take on a whole new range of challenges - more adult relationships, challenging academics and career choices.
High school is often one of life's most memorable experiences, but it can be filled with stress and uncertainty.
Here are some tips for parents to help smooth the transition.
Support your child's dreams. Listen with an open mind. Learn what your teens are interested in and find out what career options are available to them in those particular fields of study.
Help them manage time and study. There's a heavier workload and more extracurricular activities.
Help kids work out what's important to them, and what they have time to do. Make decisions together.
Help them manage stress. Huge expectations are placed on kids.
Set aside some time to rejuvenate, with their friends and with the family.
Involve kids in the planning of events so everyone has a voice. Try to understand their point of view on their problems. Don't diminish their fears.
Set goals and discuss expectations. Plan your present and your future.
People who set goals tend to be more focused.
Starting high school is one of the biggest steps in your child's life and it's important to get it right.
Different schools offer different programs and co-curricular activities.
To help make the right choice, start by listing your child's interests and expertise areas, as well as what's important to him or her.