Year 12 is a significant year for students. As they go through their final year of high school, sit end-of-school exams and make key decisions about their future, their year may be full of nerves and high-pressure moments. This makes your involvement in your child’s life at this time even more important. To help you, we’ve put together six ways to support your child during Year 12.
Everyone experiences anger. Regardless of age, anger is a normal reaction to frustration, stress or disappointment. As boys grow up, they face increasingly difficult situations and begin to deal with some of the challenges of daily life, but they also learn to express and manage their anger in more effective ways.
The transition from school into the next stage of life represents a significant change. Leaving the school environment – a place of safety, routine and security – and entering into a new territory of responsibility and independence is exciting, but it can also be a daunting experience.
The love for our children is one of the most deeply felt emotions we ever experience. Although a powerful force, it can be difficult at times to express this love and affection, and more commonly, find time to connect with our children. Time when we can relax, play and bond with our son can be in short supply in our busy lives, but it is at the heart of developing a special relationship with your child.
The school morning can be a chaotic mix of lost uniforms, unmade beds, unmotivated children and stressed and cranky parents. It needn’t be this way. With just a little bit of planning, motivation and routine you and your kids can be out the door in record time with minimal fuss.
Here are seven ways to make the school morning easier for everyone:
Children can fear anything from monsters and dentists, to flies and water. It’s important to recognise that fear is a normal aspect of growing up. Broken down, certain fears tend to be common to particular age groups, though there are no hard and fast rules.
It is important to understand that not all fear is bad. You want your children to have a healthy avoidance of certain things like spiders, drugs, busy roads or even strangers. The key to understanding childhood fears, is to recognise that they are a normal part of your child’s development as he or she starts to learn more about the world. Children’s fears are likely to change over time. The key is to acknowledge the fear and help your child to face it rather than protect them from it.
Attending parties plays a large part in the social development of many teenagers. From birthdays to graduations, whatever the celebration, parties are an important right of passage that bring teens closer. It can, however, be a time of concern for parents who fear for their teens’ safety. Adolescence is a period full of new pressures, experiences and lessons in life.
Boys can be a puzzle for parents, particularly mothers. As we strive to remain connected with our adolescent sons, it can be difficult to understand why this can sometimes be a battle. According to psychologist and author, Steve Biddulph, boys experience three developmental phases of boyhood that are key to understanding and raising boys:
Parenting a teenager can be challenging. It is inevitable that a child who once seemingly idolised you and held your opinion and advice above all others, will rebel against you once they hit teenage years.
Many parents will have encountered a bored child at some point in their parenting journey, especially on the back of school holidays! Out of guilt and impulse, our increasingly busy lifestyles can sometimes lead us to respond to children’s complaints of boredom with a never-ending list of suggestions and activities. However, this only serves to teach him to rely on external stimulus for entertainment. It also reinforces the constant societal need to appear ‘busy’. Sometimes, it’s OK for children to be bored. In fact, it can be a good thing!