Family Table Talk Tip

Teens who can’t read well often find ways to hide the problem. Watch for these signs: Your teen doesn’t read spontaneously, either for pleasure or information; he gets upset when he has reading assignments; he has trouble reading signs or following instructions on a package; or he frequently reads words out of order or incorrectly…. Full Article

Before your child turns in a writing assignment, help her review it. Here are some questions to keep in mind: Can you understand what she’s trying to say? Does each paragraph focus on one specific idea? Does each sentence have a subject and a verb, and express a complete thought? Has your child used words… Full Article

Students can do a lot to make the school a safer place. Talk to your teen about actions she might take. For example, she could train to be a peer counselor and help others settle disputes. Or serve as a mentor to a younger student. Encourage her to make new students feel welcome and part… Full Article

There’s no recipe for creating a successful student. But the parents of many successful students have some things in common. They encourage and support their children. They read to them. They make sure that their kids get enough sleep and exercise, and that they eat breakfast before coming to school. And these parents expect their… Full Article

With college applications ahead, some high school students get anxious about every quiz and test. Your teen still needs to study, but sharing these test-taking strategies with him may ease his mind: Read all the test questions carefully. Answer the easy questions first. Mark the tough ones, so you can return to them easily. For… Full Article

Helicopter parents who rescue their children at the first sign of trouble are sending them a message: “You can’t do it without me.” Their children never learn how to handle situations themselves. They may not even believe they can. As long as your child is safe, let him try to solve a problem on his… Full Article

One of the best ways to learn something is to try to explain it to someone else. Instead of just looking over your teen’s science homework, have her teach it to you. To do it, she’ll need to consider questions such as: What is the main idea? What makes it useful? Do I agree with… Full Article

Take time today to evaluate your child’s use of screen media. How many hours a day does she spend watching TV, playing video games, surfing the internet or texting? Are screens distracting her from her schoolwork? Find out what your child is looking at or playing online. Then, make a plan. Set a screen-time schedule… Full Article

If your teen has trouble getting up in the morning, help him make changes to other parts of his day. Have him study in the afternoon, for example, so he won’t have to stay up late. Make sure he gets plenty of exercise so he’ll sleep well at night. Encourage him to organize things each… Full Article

Experts say that reviewing your child’s homework is important no matter what grade he’s in. Set aside time each day to look at your child’s homework, even if you aren’t there when he does it. Ask him to tell you about it. Was it easy? Challenging? What can he tell you about the subject? Compliment… Full Article