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All students can learn. A student who is troubled, however, cannot learn as easily. School counselors can help. Divorce, substance abuse, child abuse, poverty, violence and suicidal thoughts are among the social stressors placing numerous students at-risk. Early intervention is essential, and parents and guardians play a vital role in contacting the School Counselor.
There is no way to guarantee a child will never be bullied. But there are things you can do to help. Since bullies are less likely to pick on someone who has friends, encourage them to get to know other students. Suggest that he/she join a club, and have him/her invite classmates over.
Tell her/him that if he/she is bullied or sees someone else being bullied that he/she should seek help immediately from an adult. Let them know that he/she's not expected to handle the problem alone.
Research shows that most teens would like to talk more with their parents about school­work. Ask your child to share what they are learning in their classes. Be specific: "What kind of math problems did you do today?" or "Tell me about the science experiment you did in lab today."

Eating together gives parents and children a chance to chat about the day's events. It also strengthens family relationships. Whether you have time to cook or are picking up carryout on the way home from work, try to sit around the table and enjoy each oth­er's company while you eat.