Too much going on and can’t remember it all? You are not alone, many teens
have trouble remembering all of their appointments and everything that is happening on a daily basis. The first thing that a teen needs to keep up with events is a daily planner. Many of our Nashville area schools
in both middle and high school require that students have a planner and many schools actually print their own planners and have students purchase them. However the student comes by the planner does not matter. The most important issue to is to remember to write down dates in the planner and then to remember where the planner is. It is no good to write down all of the appointments and assignments and then forget where the planner is located!
A planner is only as useful as the teen who plans with it. In other words, a teen needs to develop at system to remind himself what events are most important for that day or week. Many teens utilize a coding system as reminders. This can be a color coding, highlighter coding, or symbol coding.
Another helpful tool is the Internet. Along with the myriad of applications that can be used to schedule events, including Google tools and e-Invite, you can also use the computer to post a calendar of events and even have the calendar give you a reminder in the mornings to let your teen know what is upcoming. Some families use a large wall calendar to remember monthly and annual dates. This helps if your teen comes from a large family and many members have dates that may overlap.
It is important to keep up with teens daily through cell phone texts and phone calls. In Nashville public schools
, it is prohibited for students to make cell phone calls during to day or to even have their cell phones out and on. However, a parent can schedule an afterschool time daily for students to call just to update the parent on any needed changes. Be careful with cell phones and the Internet, security of information and of your location should be regarded at all times.