How can you support your teen? a) cheer on the side lines, b) give high fives, c) look out for his best interests, d) make a banner to encourage her.

By lululemon athletica on flickr

By lululemon athletica on flickr

Supporting and encouraging your child goes beyond being a good cheerleader. Looking out for your child’s best interests is an important way to show support for your child.

Be an eParent®! Check out the school website on a regular basis to stay on top of activities and opportunities. Your teens might cheer for you instead!

During the teenage years, your child’s brain is undergoing huge developmental changes. Your teen is increasingly able to plan for the future and think about future goals, but the teenage brain is also still learning efficiency and doesn’t function well under stress or when required to react quickly. By staying on top of school activities and scheduled events, you can help your child be prepared for occasional but stressful events like school-wide testing. You can also alert him to opportunities, such as a job talk or summer job fair being held through the school or community.

Get practical tips on parent involvement in middle school at Helping your Child through Early Adolescence, pages 50-55.

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