Teaching Teens To Take Responsibility

Oct 13, 2021 | Highland Park

Ah, adolescence. It's that unclearly defined span of years that bridge childhood to adulthood. When your child is an adolescent it can be hard to find the right balance of responsibility and dependence. Here are some tips from experts that help teach our teens about responsibility without forcing them to grow up immediately:

1. If your teen is in high school, try not to micromanage them. "Instead of waking them up each morning, let them use an alarm clock," says Jamie Farnsworth Finn, writing for Today.com. 

2. Hold firm when dealing with consequences of bad behavior. If your teen is breaking house rules and isn't receiving any consequence, then your teen is learning that there isn't any reason to obey house rules. Conversely, a teen who has learned that breaking curfew results in having their phone taken away has also learned the beginning of responsibility. 

3. Set clear expectations with your teen about school attendance, homework, and grades. Earning a perfect 4.0 might not be a high priority for your family, or even a healthy one, but maybe consistently studying is. Help your teen set themselves up for success by making rules about what is and isn't acceptable at school. 

If your teen needs help to succeed in Math, consider enrolling that student at Mathnasium of Highland Park. We are located at 600 Central Ave #142, Highland Park, IL 60035, next to Shushi Badya near Walker Bros. Original Pancake House. Mathnasium of Highland Park has been helping teens like yours take responsibility for their own math learning for several years.

Our Director, Cynthia Krol Owen, can be reached at 847-432-5050. We've been building math skills in students from all over Highwood and from schools like Sherwood Elementary School Lake Forest High School.

We can't wait to help your student take responsibility of their math learning! Sign up today for a No-Risk Assessment.