Back to School Tips for Teens and Tweens

Some Back-to-School Favorites Get help with your homework. Be ready for your exams–I like this website!

Why Bad Grades Happen to Good Kids by Linda Bress Silbert and Alvin Silbert I think so many parents and kids are so scared of bad grades and feel it is reflection of them as a person.  I like this message that grades are important, but they do not define you.

Alana’s Advice…When There’s A Clique, You’ve Got to Think Quick by Alexandra Sabina Bender Cliques and mean girls are becoming ever more powerful with the advent of the Internet and social networks, this is a great primer for parents and girls.

6 Questions to Motivate Your Kids Before School

I wrote this guest post for Joe Bruzzese’s blog the Middle School Parent Resource.  Here is a sneak peek:

“Ughhhhh, do we have to practice getting up early?”Before school every year my parents decided to torture themselves and us by making us ‘practice getting up early for school’ the last week of summer.This always seemed like the absolute cruelest thing to do—talk about ruining the end of summer.

Now, as a 23-year-old looking back, I understand where they were coming from.They wanted us to get our bodies in the habit of the school schedule so we were not as cranky and going back would not be such a shock.

I am currently working with hundreds of families, plus the emails I get from parent readers on my blog about what they can do to help their kids have a smooth transition and maximize summer time to make the year a successful one.The second point here is what is crucial to me, there are a few things I wish my parents had done the few weeks before school started to prepare me for the school year.

What is a (good) Goal?

Everyone’s definition is different, talk to your kids about what they think goals are and goals they have had in the past, that have worked or not.Explain that ‘good’ goals are:

-Quantifiable (You can measure their success or not)

-Reasonable (They can be reached and are attainable)

-Specific (They deal with a certain area…big goals can be broken down into smaller ones)

-Exciting (Remember these are your kid’s goals, not yours, make sure they are motivated to achieve them or you are setting them up for failure)

Read the rest here!

6 Responses to “Back to School Tips for Teens and Tweens”

  1. Debra
    August 21, 2008 at 6:38 pm #

    I did the same thing to my girls about a week before school started to help them acclimate. Going back to school can be stressful enough without having your body dragging all day and a have your mood swinging. I’m finishing up my newsletter that talks about back to school stresses. You have great information for teens Vanessa, I’m going to share it on my web site, if you don’t mind.
    Thanks, Debra
    Author of My Feet Aren’t Ugly, A Girl’s Guide to Loving herself from the Inside Out.

  2. Vanessa
    August 21, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

    Of course!

    Thanks for reading,


  3. Jackie
    August 5, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    I’m 13 and school starts on the 20th here. My parents have never made me go to bed at a decent hour and get up early in the summer. I have always started doing that about a week and a half before school starts and it makes my life so much easier. I also try to have my bag packed, my clothes picked out, my make up set up, decided what I’m going to eat for breakfast, and take a shower the night before. So the morning before is smooth and stress free. But this year I have to go to physical therapy in the morning now because of my knee and am hoping that this year won’t be too much harder than normal. Wish me luck on going into 8th grade with knee issues.

  4. Hannah
    August 13, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    Hey I am going into sixth grade and I am eleven.
    Last year, I woke up at 7;00 in the morning. Now i have to wake up at six.
    But my alarm clock broke.
    Now im stuck

  5. Boys Military Schools
    October 13, 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    Setting up schedule is one thing I’m up to when kids are going back-to-school. It is quite difficult for them but they need to be used to it and as a mom need to follow the schedule. I usually put it on the fridge for them to learn and accept the new cycle of schedule and also make it that all are set and done for them from their breakfast, food at school and clothes.

  6. Vanessa Van Petten
    October 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    Great tip, thanks!


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