Top 5 Strategies to Survive Your Senior's Last Year in High School

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Your high school senior may not be the only one in the house suffering from "senioritis". Boys Town provides five tips for parents to get through the year.

“This is an opportunity when you should make the most of this special time together with your senior.”

Boys Town releases advice for parents on surviving senioritis. The national child care organization, started over 90 years ago, says it can get more challenging as high school seniors start prepare to “launch” into college or the working world. Boys Town offers these tips for parents:

1.    Set mutual expectations by talking with your senior about curfew, jobs, academics, graduation celebrations and activities, and plans for post high school.
2.    Allow extra freedom whenever possible to help with the transition into independence.
3.    Remind brothers and sisters that their time will come as sibling rivalry tends to increase at this time.
4.    Prepare a graduation checklist and contact your child’s school so you know what is needed for commencement.
5.    Enjoy your senior and take every opportunity to say “I love you” and “I’m proud of you”.

Boys Town counsels families and schools across the country on best parenting and discipline practices. These strategies incorporate those teachings and can be used for effective parenting in the home. “If you set some mutual expectations and attend to the graduation details, you and your senior can reduce conflict”, said Laura Buddenberg, Boys Town Training Manager. “This is an opportunity when you should make the most of this special time together with your senior.”

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The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2011, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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