Encourage Your Teen In Their School Years*

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*This is a collaborative post*
There are many distinct challenges to having teenagers which you will need to face head on, and the better that you do, the more likely it is that you will be able to provide for them well and help them to live the best adult life that they can. Of course, one of the most important of these challenges is always going to be education. As long as your child is educated as well as possible, much in their life will be easier, so it is hugely important to make sure that this is something that they take seriously and which goes well. In this article, we are going to look at some of the things you might be able to do in order to encourage your teen to get more out of their school years. Any of these will help you to do that more effectively.



Motivation

A big problem for many teenagers is motivation, and if you find that your teen is lacking in this area then you will want to look into what you can do to improve that. As long as they have enough motivation, they will get more out of their education, and will put a lot more into it as well. But how do you encourage your children to be motivated when they might just not be so at that time in life? It’s actually not too hard overall, although it does take some persistence, which is something that can be very hard to have yourself. 

You can motivate them by talking them through their future goals and plans, as well as ensuring that they are aware of the consequences of a poor educational result. Of course, you shouldn’t suffocate them here, as that can often have the opposite effect. But as long as you get the balance right, motivating them in this way should make a difference.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

It’s important too for your teenager to appreciate that it is not just the main part of the education itself which matters. It is also the entire realm of opportunities that exist around it, and that is something that will not come at many times in life. You should therefore do whatever you can to also encourage them to engage in as many of these extra-curricular activities as possible. It might be taking trips for sixth form students, engaging in some kind of art or craft which they enjoy, or whatever else. As long as they are keeping their options open, they will both enjoy it more and have more luck with it.



Study Time & Break Time

Something else which is very important is to ensure that your teenager understand how to balance out their time effectively, so that they are going to be able to study enough but not too much. Too much studying means that they might burn out, and that is absolutely not what you want to go for. As long as they find this balance effectively, they are bound to get much more out of their school years.

*Post contributed by Sam Jones*




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