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Teens and High School: It's OK to Initiate a Parent Teacher Conference

As parents, we sometimes put off contacting school regarding our teenagers. We think the issue will work itself out. Don't leave your teen's education to chance. Initiate contact with the school.

Getting a teenager through high school requires not only an educational roadmap but also allies. That beginning of the year angst is setting in. My teen needs help; I need advice. At this point, even a listening ear would be welcomed. An Email is quick but isn’t always clear on the intended message. A phone call can often cut through misinterpreted words and misunderstood tone.

Poor academic performance, teacher-teen communication, make-up assignments, bullying, fear of not graduating, and the presence of meeting scholarship and college application deadlines might be swirling around in your head. So yes, the desire to make contact with your teenager’s school might be on your mind. And it’s possibly high on your priority list.

If an issue is bothering you regarding your teen and his/her high school experience, don’t push it to the back burner thinking it will solve itself or go away. The issue will only simmer to a rolling boil and explode. To avoid such an unnecessary outcome, address the issue immediately and appropriately with school faculty, and staff.

As a parent, never feel reluctant to initiate a phone call or a face-to-face with your teen’s teacher, counselor, or a school administrator. When you keep the lines of communication open, everyone wins.

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Anne Lufrano Varner September 29, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Thank you. I needed that! You where a great teacher Ms. Moore!
Betty Harrison October 01, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Excellent advice. Establishing a relationship with your child's teachers is an important way to support their progress and get the most out of a public school education. It's definitely worth the typical 8 AM meeting time! Thanks for posting this, Dr. Moore.
Michael October 01, 2012 at 06:39 PM
good advice but sad you would need to state this as it seems so obvious. Too many parents are not parenting but just dumping their children at school expecting someone else to educate their little Jane or Billy. Get busy parents!

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