Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16MonitorEarlyGrades Expect friendship shifts In high school, friendships often shift and change—a best friend in middle school may now have new interests and be making new friends. Encourage your child to keep his/her “old friends,”and to work on making new ones. Discuss bullying Bullying can sometimes be a problem in high school. If your child ever mentions anything about being bullied or harassed in school or online, find out exactly what has happened, and talk about how to best deal with the situation. You may also want to discuss what’s happened with the school counselor or principal. Promote independence If your teenager has a question or problem, try to help your child figure out how to take care of it on his/her own. Being able to get their questions answered and their problems resolved helps students gain confidence, and it gives them a sense of empowerment. You want your child to become more independent and self sufficient; however, it’s important for your teen to know that you are always available if he/she ever needs your help. Final Thoughts High school students have a lot to deal with, and high school can be stressful at times. More than anything, your teenager needs encouragement, support, and lots of hugs. 15