Freshman (0 - 5)
Sophomore (6 - 10)
Junior (11 - 14)
Senior (15 - 18)
Stay at Home Dads
1. Be ready for teen behavior. Friend become more important. Your child might talk back to you more often and test you in other ways. He/she will try to be more independent such as refuse to take part in family events. He/she may be more moody and take new, unsafe risks.
2. Decide with your child when he/she can do things on his/her own, including staying at home alone.
3. Be fair with what you expect from your child. Give your child more independence and responsibility as he/she can handle and earns it.
4. Set clear limits and discipline and punishments for breaking rules. Use humor to get your point across.
5. Show and tell your child how important school is. Go to parent-teacher meetings and school events. Help with homeowner because there is more of it and it’s harder. Suggest that peers help with homework (study groups).
6. Help your child’s self-esteem by praising him/her often and showing you love him/her. Don’t criticize a lot, nag, or make fun of your child.
7. Set aside time just to talk and do other things with your child, even if he/she doesn’t ask for it.
8. Respect your child’s need for privacy both physical and emotional.
9. Tell your child what you expect with regard to drug and alcohol use and dating now and in the future.
10. Teach your child how to manage anger and resolve conflicts without physical or emotional violence.