I hope you enjoyed your summer and found time to take a vacation to get away, relax, and enjoy time with your family and friends. I don’t know about you, but I am glad September is here, and I am ready for milder weather, college football, and playing golf on the weekend. It seems the older I get, the more I wish I lived in a climate that has year- round mild weather. I must be San Diego or San Francisco dreaming! I would like to take this time to again say thank you to my current and past clients, associates, friends, and family for referring folks to my law firm. Whenever I receive a referral, I am honored and humbled that someone thinks enough of me to trust sending a family member or friend to me to represent. It is one of the greatest compliments that anyone can give me, and it reminds me how blessed I am to have met and helped so many wonderful and beautiful people over the last 28 years that I have been practicing law. It has always been my personal mission to help people make great decisions about their legal situations, even if they don’t hire me or need a lawyer. Helping people is what motivates me. Also, check out our website for our latest videos, which we shot at the end of July. We would really appreciate it if you could share your comments, too! You can find the videos at www.petrolawfirm.com . FROM THE DESK OF Mark Petro
HOMEWORKHELP 5 Ways to Support Great Study Habits in Your High Schooler
From homecoming dances and Friday night football games to hours spent playing Block Dude on your TI-84 graphing calculator, high school is sure to leave you with plenty of fond memories. But no matter what kind of student you were, we’re willing to bet you aren’t too nostalgic for all the time and energy spent on nightly homework assignments. Still, if you’re the parent of a high schooler, you should consider spending a little time helping your student hit the books. This is easier said than done. When your kids are young, helping them with their education can be as simple as having them read aloud to you. But homework gets significantly more challenging in the high school years. You’d be forgiven for not being able to answer your student’s questions about calculus, mitosis, or the meaning of a Shakespearean monologue. However, there are many great direct and indirect ways you can help your high schooler study effectively. SET A SCHEDULE. First and foremost, you should help your high schooler set aside clear blocks of time for homework and studying. This will help your child establish a routine, which leaves less time for hemming and hawing before getting started. It can also prevent your student from putting off long-term assignments until the last minute, resulting in less stress and a better night’s sleep before a big test or presentation. The great thing about setting a schedule is that it is a teachable moment in itself. Consider letting your high schooler be the one to plan out the details of their schedule. Giving them this responsibility will underscore multiple organizational skills, including the importance of planning ahead and setting attainable goals. They may find that they didn’t set aside
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