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We have all been hearing about the home-schooling struggles of parents of younger school-age kids. The fact that my kids are 17 and 19 is one of the things I feel grateful for during this time of quarantine. I don’t have to figure out how to teach them during “school time” and then entertain them the rest of the time. High school and college age kids are easy in comparison, but there are still challenges and golden opportunities to help older kids survive and thrive during this time.
Self-management skills are one of the most important skills for success in college and beyond. Many people are learning how to work from home for the first time, and it seems likely that one lasting impact of the COVID-19 crisis will be a permanent increase in remote workers, which requires self-management. So, the golden opportunity for parents of teens is to use this time to help them learn strategies for self-management that will enable success over the next few months, in college and in their careers. Below are five tips for helping your teen self-manage.
When following up on the plans your teen has made remember the 4:1 rule and focus on the positive. They won’t follow the plan perfectly, but they will do a few things well every day. Ask them what parts of their plan are working well and why, and encourage them to troubleshoot what isn’t working and make adjustments. By focusing on the positive you will not only encourage continued building of self-management skills, you will infuse some much needed positivity into this stressful time.
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