"I remember working with a student who was under so much pressure to have a perfect score at the end of Year 12, that she was having severe anxiety just at the thought of starting the year." Sacha recalls. "Going into first term of school with a positive vibe is an essential mind set".
"Start the year with some goals that are not only achievable but for which they are excited to stretch themselves further than they thought possible." recommends Sacha. "Young people want to succeed, but they want to have fun as well. Don't lose sight of the fact that life has to be enjoyable – get them involved in things they enjoy".
Sacha reminds us, "As parents we have to remember not to try and relive our lives through our children. It's with their own mistakes they will learn the best lessons. Life is a journey and they have their own lessons to learn."
Sacha also recommends that you remind your teenagers that it's one step at a time and no matter how big the work load gets throughout the year, you will always be there to support them. It might also be an idea to help them by lightening up their load with work, money and also household chores.
These are valuable tips in helping to get your teenager motivated during the important senior school years.
And if you want to learn more about what you and your teenager can do to survive the senior school years, visit the Australian Teenage Expo. This is a great event with lots of useful information and resources.