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The future for parents

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As a parent, you need to support your daughter to help her reach her goals. Helping her with her homework or driving her to soccer practice is a great way to do this. But keep in mind, your daughter needs some down time too. Today's teens often feel pulled in many different directions. As a result, many teens end up feeling worried or anxious. The resources in this section cover many different topics, including helping your teen plan for the future, teaching your teen money management skills, and teaching her to manage her time. For your daughter, we have included a link to information on career options.

Did you know that girls who act like leaders often get called bossy? Let girls know that being bold today can help build a fabulous future. Encourage girls with tips, facts, and inspiring quotes from the Ban Bossy website.

Helpful tools for your daughter

Web sites

  1. American flag. Funding Education Beyond High School – The Guide to Federal Student Aid – Read this guide for information on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. It provides information on the different programs that are available and how to apply for them.
  2. American flag. Your Future – We have created the section on the future to help adolescent girls learn more about some of the unique health issues and social situations they will encounter during the teen years. This section provides information, resources, and links to help your daughter learn more about how to prepare for her future.
  3. American flag. My Future – From the U.S. Department of Defense, this web site has information and resources about choosing a career, job-hunting, finances, and careers in the military.
  4. American flag. Pathways: For Students and Recent Graduates – The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service.
  5. American flag. U.S Small Business Administration's Teen Business Link – The Office of Business and Community Initiatives, within the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, has designed this web site to introduce teenagers to the concept of small business ownership as a viable career choice by helping them shape their dreams of entrepreneurship and making them come true.
  6. American flag. Youth At Work – This web site is designed to help teach youth about some of the rights and responsibilities as an employee in the real world.
  7. CareerOneStop – This Federal and non-profit online collaboration provides detailed information on training and education planning to meet career goals.
  8. The Fun Works – Does your child enjoy art, music, or science? Would you like to find information about interesting jobs that involve them? Are they curious about what a day on the job might be like, how much money you would make, or what training you would need? If your child is middle-level student, ages 11-15, or in grades 6-9, then this site is for them!
  9. IPL Teen Space – School and Homework Help – The Internet Public Library's Teen Space from the University of Michigan provides links to resources for students for finding help with homework, choosing a career, and planning ahead.
  10. PTO Central – This is a web site focusing on parental involvement in schools. The site provides relevant educational links for parent-teacher groups on a local, state, and national level.
  11. What you need to know: Finding Scholarships – Hunting for college scholarships?  Your child should start by investigating local scholarships. Often, the smaller the geographic area covered by an award the better the chances of winning.


  1. pdf Ways to Engage Your Child's School - This is helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. Helping Your Teen Decide What to Do After High School - This is a helpful article from
  3. Helping Your Teen With Homework - This is a helpful article from
  4. Parent Information – This website compiles all of the information within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS, about parenting. It has a wealth of information, covering topics such as child safety, immunization schedules, and developmental milestones.
  5. Parent/Teacher Resources: Time Management (Copyright © PBS Kids – Learning how to manage time is one of the most valuable lessons a child or teen can learn. This website provides links to various tools and articles that parents can use to teach their child about managing time efficiently.
  6. pdf Teaching Your Children Money Management (Copyright © AICPA) (PDF – 114KB) – Want to teach your child how to manage his or her money? This publication gives suggestions on how to teach your child this important skill in elementary, middle, or high school.
  7. Understanding Child Traumatic Stress (Copyright © National Child Traumatic Stress Network) – Traumatic experiences can affect children in different ways than they affect adults. This fact sheet explains what traumatic experiences are like for children and how they can recover.


  1. Association for Women in Mathematics
  2. CollegeBoard
  4. KidsHealth
  5. U.S. Department of Education


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Content last reviewed November 11, 2007
Page last updated November 21, 2014