Tips for helping your teen with studying

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Tips for helping your teen with studying

Many parents worry about how they can successfully help their teenager with their homework. This is a huge issue because you really want your teenager to do well in school, but you also want to make sure that they are doing it on their own and you're not helping them too much. The first thing that parents need to think about is that they are on the same page with their teacher. Sit down with the teacher, look at the syllabus, look over the course expectations, and make sure that you know what is expected of your teenager and a view for the class. Second, establish a study central. A study central is an area in your home that is well-lit, has a nice chair, all the school supplies you could ever need instead of running around the house looking for ruler or tape. Lastly, ask them how you can help them best. Teenagers will tell you, "Hey Mom, I would love for you to help me on my History homework." Or, "Leave me alone, I can do it myself." That way you are respecting them, but you are also there as a support.

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Vanessa Van Petten is one of the nation's youngest experts, or 'youthologists' on parenting and adolescents.  She wrote her first parenting book, You're Grounded, from the teen's perspective when she was just 17. After winning the Mom’s Choice Award in 2009, she launched her popular parenting website,, which she now writes with 120 other teenagers to answer questions from parents on everything from communication issues to cyberbullying. Vanessa's unique approach has been featured by CNN, CBS Miami, Fox New York, Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, and many more.  She was also on the Real Housewives of Orange County helping the housewives with troubled teens. Her latest book, Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded?  won the Moms Choice Award in 2012. 

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