10. Support Your Child Through Discouragement
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Do your utmost to be sensitive to your high school senior during times of struggle and anxiety. Be available to listen. She may experience disappointment if her dream college denies her admission or depression if she breaks up with her boyfriend the week before prom.
Remember hidden stress and anxiety caused by social media. News of school shootings and disasters may cause your teen to feel fearful, anxious, or sad. Seek out opportunities to ask how she is doing and listen.
Learn all you can about teen depression, so you will recognize symptoms like withdrawal, anger, and poor academic performance. Don’t hesitate to get help if your child experiences symptoms that last for more than two weeks.
Coaching teens through their senior year means a lot of new responsibilities for parents, so when you start to feel overwhelmed, ask God for help. He has all the wisdom, power and love you need to help your senior cross the finish line. Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the beauty of this season: “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Before you know it, your child’s senior year will be over, and that will be something to celebrate.
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