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Helping Your High School Student

Making the move to high school is a big deal- for you and your teen. How can you help them excel during their freshman year?

This awareness campaign is brought to you in partnership with Empower Tusc.

It can be scary to send your teen to a new school and environment. High school is a big deal! Just turn on Disney Channel or watch old MTV dramas- there are entire movies and shows based on making the leap to ninth grade!

Empowering Your Teenager

What can you do to encourage and empower your teen during this big transition?

  • Talk openly and often with your teen. When you communicate openly and often with your teen, you create a safe space for them to air their concerns, problems, fears, etc. Understanding and giving weight to the things your teenager is experiencing will show them that you are their biggest and most accessible resource.
  • Encourage new and healthy activities. Does your teen want to try out for track and field? Are they considering drama club? Encourage your teen to get involved and stay active with extracurricular activities.
  • Establish clear rules and boundaries. Do not provide alcohol or drugs to your teens or their friends. You do not need to be the “cool parent” or impress anyone. Establish expectations for your teen, set curfews, and be consistent with your discipline and messaging.
  • Pay attention. Your teenager is going to want space and privacy, but keeping a close eye on their behavior, friendships, grades, and well-being is your job. Make time for your child and know the places they’re going and the people they’re seeing. When something is wrong, intervene as early as possible. Don’t wait to get help.

It can be tricky to navigate the high school years, but EmpowerTusc has resources for parents and teens struggling with addiction, alcohol use, drugs, and suicidal thoughts.

EmpowerTusc provides resources and assistance for families and individuals struggling with addiction. Visit their website at EmpowerTusc.com or give them a call at (330) 440-7319. You can also check out their list of local resources for those struggling with addiction, dependency, grief, anxiety/depression, and more.

Audrey Mattevi, Reporting

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