Many teens have very busy lives, with the demands of school and extracurricular activities such as part-time jobs, music and sports, as well as socialising with friends and family.
Here are some ways you can help:
- A routine will help with managing competing priorities—tips on creating a routine are available in ‘Routines and teens’.
- Try not to commit to too many extracurricular activities—this can help get the right balance between their responsibilities and leisure time.
- Keep checking in. Everyone is different. Some are natural multi-taskers and manage to take extra responsibilities in their stride. Others may feel overloaded when they have too many demands on their time.
- Keep an eye out for signs of stress, talk to them about how they are feeling, use your judgment about how many extracurricular activities you think they can handle, and work with them to manage their time effectively.