cognitively, so setting up clear expectations from the beginning and keeping
them consistent will help increase the
smooth running of the household.
If your students work outside the
home, have them record (and report
their work schedule to you) promptly.
Also, work uniforms and the like must
be cleaned promptly to be ready for the
next work day. If she is responsible for
her own uniform, make sure she knows
to mark it in her planner to complete.
Modern students are very tech savvy, and
enjoy using electronic tools. Let your teen
use them to set timers, to set reminders,
and to provide white noise when concentrating. An iPod or iPad, however, also
offers many distractions, which could be
a huge productivity drawback for some.
Rather than eliminate them altogether,
encourage your teen in setting healthy
boundaries. Some will mature quickly and
start setting their own limits and putting
these tools away when they are becoming
a distraction, and some will require your
oversight. Don’t be complacent in this
area; remember you are training them to
be adults, and helping them learn to overcome their own desires will be an area in
which they are still maturing.
If you have a large family with many different schedules, consider using an electronic calendar that everyone can see and
update regularly. Also, if your family texts,
start a family chat with everyone in it. In
the chat everyone can share funny things,
serious things, prayer requests, and interesting links. Also, everyone can make general announcements. Then each person
can see them as they are able. Make sure
this is a safe, fun chat, and not a place for
serious discussions that should actually be
private, such as discipline.
Understand that the transition to
adulthood years move on a continuum.
A freshman will be less mature than a
graduating senior. But also recall that
teens can be inconsistent. Just because a
student has solid study skills as a freshman, does not mean that will always
be the case, so stand ready to support,
re-train, and hold them responsible.
Communicating regularly and often in
loving kindness will be a benefit and a
blessing to your children. The goal is to
transition as many areas of responsibility to young adults as possible, and be at
their side to help fill in the gaps as they
stretch and grow.
Malia Russell is the blessed wife to Duncan, thankful mother to six children, ages
3-25, a grandmother, author, conference
speaker and director of www.homemaking
911.com. She has home educated her children since 2000 and has been blogging at
Homemaking 911 since 2007. She is also
a member of The Schoolhouse Review
Crew for 2016.
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Setting up clear expectations from the beginning and keeping them consistent
will help increase the smooth running of the household.