The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Health & Fitness

March 23, 2013

Support available for teens with full slates

After assessing a student’s stress level, counselor says they help kids try to examine their time-management skills

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MANKATO —

By the time they get to high school, Krause said, when stress levels get higher and higher, they’re used to the idea of using guidance counselors for help on anything from academics to stress.

One thing they could do is point to examples such as Sam Iverson, who seems to have figured out this whole high school thing.

“If there’s practice, I go to practice,” the swim team member said. “I prioritize. If there’s a meet, that’s more than something else.”

As for overload ...

“They’re all fun things,” he said, “so I don’t really mind it.

Mom says she tried to let her son figure out his own life this year because next year he’ll be on his own. Sam will be studying engineering next year at the University of Minnesota.

 “I didn’t want him to face the cold realities of needing to do everything next year cold turkey,” Mary Iverson said. “So this year has been his year of independence. We have conversations about everything that is going on, and I try to help him prioritize and make some choices.”

Sam has worked as a lifeguard this year, and thus has a little money to spend. He bought a car, and when it needs repairs, mom says, she stepped in and tried to explain how to manage money smart enough so that he can afford to cover unexpected costs.

“The biggest role I play is his cheerleader,” she said. “Every now and then I get up late at night and suggest he put the books down and head to bed. I have also had to wake him up, having fallen asleep on top of his books, and encouraged him to put them away for the night.”

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