Looking Ahead - Helping Your Child Prepare for Adolescence

This page is part of our School Newsletter Inserts section.
Use these short articles in your school newsletters throughout the school year.

Becoming an adolescent can be a stressful time. During this time of change, parents are a key source of support.

Research shows that children who have involved parents achieve higher grades, feel better about themselves and are less likely to take part in risky behaviours such as smoking, alcohol and drug use.

Tips on how to be an involved parent:

  • Provide support. Talk to your child, listen actively, and help them problem solve. Children need to feel supported and cared for.
  • Encourage independence. This will help them learn new skills, be responsible, improve self-esteem and give them a sense of belonging.
  • Monitor. At the same time of encouraging independence, it’s important to know where your child is, who he or she is with and what he or she is doing. Stay alert to signs of trouble.
  • Help your children manage their time with a calendar. They are learning to juggle family life with school, friends and outside activities.
  • Encourage extracurricular activities. Joining a club or sports team creates friendships, promotes active living and reduces screen time.
  • Support a homework routine.
  • Demonstrate stress management skills. Model stress reducing behaviours, take a walk, breathe deeply, read, take a hot bath, listen to music, or talk to a friend.
  • Reinforce the importance of healthy eating, physical activity, and enough sleep. Eat healthy meals together and be active as a family.
  • Get involved with your teen’s school. Join a committee (school council, fundraising), volunteer and attend school events.