Dating a freshman
It seems almost inconceivable that we could have a child this old, as our own high school days seem not so far removed.
Looking at your new high school child, who by now may be looking at you eye-to-eye, it is hard not to feel as though time has begun to accelerate and the road to the empty nest become clear.1) It’s even more important than before to stay connected to other mothers (parents).
Sleep for teens is like water for plants, it is not pretty when they don’t get enough.
A wise headmaster once suggested to ninth grade parents that they think long and hard about curfews.
It’s just too late to start understanding the process if you wait till junior year, especially from a cost standpoint.
FAFSA forms are based on tax information from January of a student’s junior year.
The world of a 14/15-year-old is very different from that of a 17/18-year-old.
While some socializing is nice, end of season parties, cast parties, younger high school students are best encouraged to stay amongst their own.
Suddenly your child, and let’s be honest he may look like a young adult but is still very much a child, is in a world where sex, drugs, alcohol, along with high academic demands, competitive sports, and college are all part of the vernacular. Parents can help with this, establishing routines, limits on social media and strict bedtime.Plans change but it helps to set goals from the start.Finally, freshman year is a year of our kids finding their feet as a high schooler and us finding our feet as the parents of one.They may choose to defy us, but they should never for one moment be unclear of both the rules and the values our families espouse.
Ninth grade is the year to start (or for some kids, continue) one thing that will carry your student through high school (the newspaper, a drama group, a sport or art activity) and to try other things along the way.
For Freshmen, and to a lesser extent sophomores, this is not always a great thing.