16 Encourage independent problem solving Parents need to monitor their child’s academic progress and keep up with what’s going on at school. It is, however, important for students to learn how to take care of their own affairs. Being able to get their own questions answered and their own problems resolved helps students gain confidence and become more independent. It also gives them a sense of empowerment. In high school, most problems can be resolved and most questions answered just by going to the right office or by talking to the right person. It is, of course, important for children to know that their parents are avail- able if they ever need help. Monitor activities and jobs Make sure that your child isn’t spending too much time on social networking sites, watch- ing TV, playing video games, text messaging, or talking on the phone. If your child has a job, make sure he/she is not working too many hours or working too late. While some states have their own regulations, there are no federal regulations that limit the number of hours per day, or times of the day, that employees 16 years old and older can be required to work. Encourage a healthy lifestyle It’s important for high school students to eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. Have nutritious food at home, make sure your child is physically active, and insist on a reasonable bedtime. Encourage positive activities High school students should take time to try new things, explore new in- terests, and find out what’s important to them. Provide opportunities for new experiences and activities, and expose your child to other cultures. Most importantly, help your child find something to be excited and pas- sionate about.