Parents: 4 Ways to Help Your Teen Manage High School Stress

 

High school is a challenging and demanding time, and your child will experience a fair amount of stress. However, you can be a support system for your student as he or she deals will these challenges. Read on for four strategies for making sure your child’s stress doesn’t get the best of her.

 

 

Make a Plan of Action Freshman Year

When your child starts high school, formulate an action plan together. Figure out your goals for high school and for the future. Consider potential challenges, and discuss how you might tackle them if and when they arise. Most importantly, remind your student that you are a resource for guidance and support. For more advice, check out Your Ultimate Guide on How to Make a High School Action Plan.

 

 

Promote Balance

If your child is taking on too much, he or she could be hurting herself and her mental health. Remind her about the dangers of overcommitting; not only can she become overly stressed, but her academic life could suffer if she doesn’t pay attention to her well-being.

Build a Profile That Will Impress Admissions Officers

Our mentorship program helps students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade discover their passions, build their resumes, and get guidance throughout high school.

Make sure your child is taking time for her health and wellness. For some pointers, read 5 Reasons to Prioritize Health and Fitness in High School. Pay particularly close attention around mid-year and the end of the year, since they are especially stressful times.

 

 

Be Proactive About Your Child’s College Search

When your child is a freshman, start thinking about college visits. It’s not too early to be thinking about what kind of college your child might want to attend in four years. As a sophomore and junior, she should be visiting colleges and formulating her college list. Developing a strategy early can reduce stress later on. Check out CollegeVine’s Guide to 9th Grade for more advice on creating a strategy early.

 

 

Take Advantage of Summer

Colleges want to see students being productive during summers. Discuss summer programs, jobs, volunteering, and other ideas for how your child can spend summers productively. Check out 50 Summer Activities for High School Students for more ideas. Start planning early in the year to avoid having to scramble at the last minute; many programs, for instance, require students to apply in the winter to consider applications.

 

 

Final Thoughts

Be supportive and step in when your child seems overwhelmed. Even if your student doesn’t ask for help, make it clear that your are there to support and help her through any issues that arise. If the stress seems too difficult for you and your child to figure out together, consider other resources, such as your child’s guidance counselor or a mental health professional.

 

There may be other issues going on, such as a learning disability, test anxiety, or a psychological disorder, and getting it diagnosed will allow you to get the resources and help you need. You can also look for other solutions to and resources for academic issues, such as tutors.

 

Check out our other guides for staying organized and managing stress in high school:

 

What If I Just Can’t Bring Up My Grade in that One Challenging Class?

2018 College-Related New Year’s Resolutions

 

Looking for support for your student as she navigate the road to college? Check out the CollegeVine Mentorship Program. Our mentors drive significant personal and professional development for their high school mentees.

 

Combining mentorship with engaging content, insider strategies, and personalized analyses, our program provides students with the tools to succeed. As students learn from successful older peers, they develop confidence, autonomy, and critical thinking skills to help maximize their chances of success in college, business, and life.

Want more tips on improving your academic profile?

We'll send valuable information to help you strengthen your profile and get ready for college admissions.


Laura Berlinsky-Schine
Senior Blogger at CollegeVine
Short bio
Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in History. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer specializing in education. She dreams of having a dog.