For a lot of teens moving into year 11 and 12 can be a daunting experience. The adults around them start to talk about the increase in workload, the need for more independent study, and expectations about behaviour and responsibility. Family and friends start asking about who and what they want to be when they leave school, and all of this can become overwhelming for your Teen as they adjust to the change in expectations. Below are some tips to help you support your Teen through the last two years of high school:
Talk to your teen
- Ask your Teen how they are feeling about school. Find out what they are hoping to get out of school (e.g. ATAR, Apprenticeship, Traineeship) and ask what you can to help them achieve their goal.
- Give your Teen space to explore their own views and be mindful not to project your own expectations (e.g. University vs Traineeship).
- Make sure you schedule a time to talk about things that aren’t school related. Too much talk about school may make your Teen feel like they are being nagged.