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Helping Your Teen Decide What to Do After High School
A parent's guide to why teens make bad decisions
Helping to prepare your teen for life after high school is one of the most important tasks you'll have as a parent. It can be hard to imagine your baby as an adult. But with the right approach, helping your teen move into adulthood can be rewarding. Going to college, getting a job, or taking time off are common choices teens face.
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Say you're sitting around with some friends playing video games and someone mentions a particular game that happens to be one of your favorites. So not worth the time," one of your friends says dismissively. The others agree. Inwardly, you know that it is a game you happen to enjoy quite a lot but, outwardly, not wanting to debate the issue, you go along with the crowd. You have just experienced what is commonly referred to as peer pressure.
It seems like time went so fast — you blinked and now your baby is 18, ready to leave the safety of the nest to pursue their college dreams. By now you've tapped more experienced parents to get tips about everything from college applications to dorm room necessities, but what about the emotional, and even financial, side of leaving home? According to a research from New York University, this changing phase of life should be a time when parents talk with their children about the realities of college life as college freshman will be confronted with abundant pressures, including new social situations. This month-by-month guide can help. March is a key time to review problem-solving strategies.