Guide for parents to support their young adult
Congratulations on your child’s journey to KWSixth. As a parent, we have written a few words to help you support your child during their transition into early adulthood.
1. Familiarise yourself with the curriculum of the subjects your child has selected to study-the course requirements, grading system, exam process and key dates so that you can share meaningful conversations about their progress and what deadlines are around the corner.
2. Encourage independence: KWSixth is a time for increased independence and responsibility. Support your child in organising their study schedule and managing their time effectively. Check that they are using independent study time to do exactly that.
3. Communicate Openly: Keep the lines of communication open. Discuss their interests, career aspirations and any concerns they may have about transitioning into sixth form or issues that may develop along the way.
4. Be Supportive: Encourage your child to pursue their passions and interests. Offer emotional support and be there to celebrate their successes and milestones.
5. Stay Informed: Stay updated with school events, parent-teacher meetings and academic progress reports to track your child’s performance and address any challenges and distractions they may face.
6. Encourage Extracurricular Activities: Encourage your child to participate in extracurricular activities like sport, the arts or clubs to foster all round wellbeing.
7. Support Study Habits: Help your child establish effective study habits, including both the time and physical space to study while minimising other household distractions and promoting a healthy work/leisure balance.
8. Promote Critical Thinking: Encourage critical thinking and independent thought. Discuss world news items and opposing viewpoints.
9. Explore Future Options: Support your child in exploring potential career paths and university options.
10. Foster a Positive Mindset: Remind your child that it is part of life to face challenges and setbacks. Encourage a growth mindset, emphasising the importance of learning from challenges and developing resilience.
Much of this may be common to you so apologies if you are there with it already. However, these years are pivotal to the final stages of a young adults’ emotional and intellectual development, their approach to challenges and their ability to manage stress. Every individuals journey is unique and it is best to approach it with understanding and a flexibility that goes beyond the prescriptive. Your love, guidance and support will play a crucial role in their academic and personal growth during this exciting phase of their education.