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Parents can play a vital role in helping teens succeed in school by being informed and lending a little support and guidance.
Even though teens are seeking independence, parental involvement is an important ingredient for academic success.
Here are 10 ways to keep your teen on track to succeed in high school.
Amid all these changes, many teens are learning how to balance academics with extracurricular activities, social lives, and jobs.
An important way to help is to make sure your teen has a quiet, well-lit, distraction-free place to study that's stocked with supplies.If your teen is running late some mornings, send along fresh fruit, nuts, yogurt, or a peanut butter and banana sandwich.Many schools provide nutritious breakfast options before the first bell.Regularly sit down with your teen to go over class loads and make sure they're balanced, and help him or her stick to a homework and study schedule.Encourage your teen to ask for help when it's needed.School administrators may discuss school-wide programs and policies, and post-high school options that parents and guardians of juniors and seniors need to know about.Attending parent-teacher conferences is another way to stay informed, although in high school, staff usually set these up only when parental involvement is needed to address issues like behavior problems, falling below grade-level expectations, or alternatively, benefiting from advanced class work.Teens also need the right amount of sleep — about 8½ to 9½ hours each night — to be alert and ready to learn all day.But early school start times — on top of schedules packed with classes, homework, extracurricular activities, and friends — mean that it's common for teens to not get enough sleep.In general, teens who eat breakfast have more energy and do better in school.You can help boost your teen's attention span, concentration, and memory by providing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein, as well as low in added sugar.