School starts this week. While our teen isn't dealing with the same anxieties attendant with being a freshman, it's likely that sophomore year holds its own set of concerns.
As 10th grade begins for our teen, here are our deepest hopes for her this year and throughout high school:
-- Good friends who'll provide care, support and laughs when parents and teachers just don't understand
-- Engaged and enthusiastic teachers who transmit delight in their subjects and enjoy seeing their students learn and excel; who help students savor the process of learning as well as the completing the milestones of papers and exams
-- Increasing knowledge of self: what makes her happy, what seems most meaningful, how best to control stress and fears
-- A mentor (teacher, counselor, older friend) who will challenge, encourage, listen and advise her to do her best, be her best
-- Parents who know how to support, guide, question in the right amounts, and who know when standing aside is the best way to demonstrate their love
To a happy and rewarding sophomore year!