Sometimes to teens, it is too easy to say ‘yes’ and/or too hard to say ‘no’ when it comes to doing fun things. Then they will find themselves way overbooked with homework, part-time job and a social life - they get in over their heads! If this sounds like your teen, there is a simple fix – delete things from their sechedule. Here are the four steps:
- Sit down with your teen and take a realistic look at their schedule.
- Have them prioritize the activities.
- Fit in what can be done and drop what can’t.
- Role-play with your teen and teach them how to drop an activity respectfully.
Others may be putting a bit of pressure on your teen to continue an activity that they would prefer to drop. If this is the case, come up with a plan with your teen on how to handle the other person. It may or may not take your intervention. Let your teen make that choice.