It’s that time of year again. No more sleeping in. It’s a time for new beginnings. A time when you get a fresh start. How will you make this year great?
Here are some tips for helping your teen start off the school year on a positive note.
Social media is a fact of life for today’s teenagers. It’s a primary form of communication, information and entertainment. And if you’re not careful, it’s also a major source of trouble. Reckless posting has landed many-a-teen in hot water with their schools, employers, even the police. The wrong photos or words can damage reputations and derail college and career plans.
YES, it truly is that serious. Social media leaves a permanent record of your comments, conversations and images – one that remains long after you’ve deleted it. Project SOS offers tips on social media pitfalls that smart teens avoid:
If freshman year is tough for teens, you better believe it’s tough for parents. No longer are your biggest worries about bake sales, soccer cleats and PTA meetings. High school is a whole new experience for both your teen and you – and all the rules have changed.
That said, keep in mind that the freshman experience, as stressful as it most definitely will be (we won’t sugarcoat it), can also be a fun, exciting and successful one. Just know that while your teens will never admit it out loud, they’re depending upon you to help guide them in some ways while letting them find their own path in other ways.
It’s a fine line you’ll be walking over the next four years. So, Project SOS offers a few tips gleaned from veteran high school moms and dads.
Virtually every teenager has a goal of some sort, especially at the beginning of each school year. But simply having a stated goal won’t get you anywhere unless you approach it in an effective way. Here’s how teens can set and achieve SMART goals:
S = Specific and Simple
Many goals fail because they’re too vague or too complicated. Make sure yours are specific and simple.
August means back to class for tens of thousands of Northeast Florida youth and teens. You’ll reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in months. And you’ll no doubt meet a whole host of new people. As the 2013-2014 school year begins, Project SOS offers a few top tips for establishing and maintaining healthy friendships: