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Parenting Teens from About.com
- Survey Reveals High School Students Receive 3.5 Hours of Homework Each Night
In homes across the world, the evening hours are filled with high school students scrambling to complete homework assignments. For some families, the process goes smoothly with very little problems. But for many other families, homework battles ensue. And it's no wonder why.
According to a poll conducted by the University of Phoenix, teachers report that the average high school student is given 3.5 hours of homework every single night. For students involved in after school activities like sports, this can be a serious burden. Not to mention how difficult this can be for teens who have part-time jobs.
And if the average is 3.5 hours, I know there are plenty of teens who work a little slower than their peers. New concepts don't come to them as quickly and completing an assignment can take twice as long. It's no wonder some of these students feel anxious and overwhelmed each school day.
Of course, there are also students who get their work done in a timely fashion. Perhaps, they even do their homework during study halls and bring very little work home.
If you encounter difficulties getting your teen to do his homework, it's important to work together to develop a helpful plan. Unfortunately, I see teens all the time who fall behind on their work and aren't able to get caught up on their own. Often, they just keep avoiding their work until it's too late to address the problem.
Stay involved in your teen's academics so that you can be sure that there won't be any serious academic problems. If your teen behaves responsibly, you'll know you can take a step back and give him more freedom with getting his work done.
- Are Teens Emotionally Ready for College?
There are a lot of recent reports out lately that document how teens aren't academically ready for college. Many states have declared that their students are behind in reading or math and several colleges have come forward saying that students just aren't prepared for the rigors of college.
Perhaps, more important that a student's academic abilities, however, is their emotional maturity. I think many teens enter into college without the emotional and behavioral skills they need to be successful. Despite the best academic skills in the world, students who lack basic life skills may struggle and eventually fail out of college.
Just because a teen turns 18 or graduates from school, it doesn't mean he's ready to handle the freedom that comes with college. In college, there's no one standing over a students' shoulders to ensure that they're getting their work done or to talk to them about their attendance issues. College requires self-discipline.
Before you send your child off to college, it's important to make sure your teen has all the life skills necessary to handle higher education. Knowing how to do complex math problems and understanding how to do your laundry isn't enough. Teens need social skills, emotional regulations skills and other life skills to deal with the stress and independence that college offers.