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Teaching Teens to Cope with Cliques


Today's teenagers have a lot to deal with, including some issues with the way that cliques form in a high school environment. Opinions on specific causes differ, but many sociologists agree that the fast pace of modern life and the public nature of new social media have affected teens in some of the same ways as working adults. One issue is the way that a negative school environment can cause some problems for a teenage student. There's no way parents can safeguard their children from these issues 100%, but some general ideas help to ensure that teens will have the social tools they need to handle any circumstances that arise during their formative teenage years.

Provide a Substantial Family Environment

One of the best keys to protecting your children from harmful environments at school is to build a good environment in the home. That doesn't mean following your children around all the time, but it does mean taking time to create common meal times, family events and activities, and opportunities for your children to tell you about what's bothering them. This can be hard for work-at-home moms as well as those who commute to a job. Either way, a time investment in your family often pays off when your kids become able to deal with extra problems through the solid basis of their home life.

Teach Your Teens Self-Esteem

Some parents go overboard, but on the other hand, some don't do enough to counsel basic self-esteem. Lots of teams who struggle with cliques and rejections at school have a deficit of attention at home. Take the time to give your children narratives that empower them. Make sure they know that they don't have to let the outside world chart their future, but that they can make their own realities according to the initiatives that they take in every phase of their lives.

Limit Social Media

Although most of us think it's great to be able to reach out to the world through iPhones, Facebook updates, and constant instant messaging, these kinds of social media can have some pervasive effect on a teenage community. Sometimes, these new technologies intensify and streamline social problems like those that have to do with exclusive cliques and tensions in a high school environment. Think about ways to limit your teen's reliance on these "open venues" and attract your kids to more well-rounded activities offline.

Monitor Your Teen's School Environment

In many cases, there's no need to get involved in the actual high school environment, but some other times, it pays for parents to be proactive in looking at how a school provides good socialization for students. Especially in recent years, schools have become much more than just "institutes of learning" - in fact, lots of experts argue that socialization has become as important, if not more important, than some of the actual curriculum that goes into a school's program. Just make sure that school officials are not allowing a corrosive social environment to get a lot worse through improper discipline, inattention to grounds safety, or other factors.

All of the above can help in assisting teenage kids with difficulties they may be going through because of the conflicts that cliques can instigate. Good parenting does more than most people think in preparing a job for all the challenges that they will face later in life.

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