The junior year in high school has to be some kind of stress-related test for teenagers. The poor kids are trying to get good grades, excel in any sport or extra-curricular they love, select colleges, take the SAT and subject tests, become responsible almost-adults, drive, work, and with any luck, maybe even have a crush!
So, in our roles as supportive and unconditionally loving parents, how can we help them focus on what really matters? It would be cruel to say they need high grades, extra-curricular activities that include sports, music, leadership, work experience, and community service, so what really matters?
Well, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the list (in order of importance), looks like this:
There you have it. It does all matter, so the important role for a parent is likely to help them learn how to manage time, prioritize how they spend their time, and be happy with their performance. Learning how to live with stress seems to be an important goal for juniors, and parents can help!