Check out this great summary of an article published in Developmental Psychology. In a nutshell, author Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Nancy Hill’s research shows the importance of parenting for adolescents’ later educational achievement. Hill’s work tells us that parents can help their young teens be better students and have a better future by doing by three things: First, it’s important for parents to support their teens’ autonomy by providing opportunities for kids to make their own choices and decisions, and to solve their problems independently. Second, it’s really important for parents to monitor their kids by providing clear and consistent guidelines, knowing where their kids are, what they’re up to, and who they are hanging with. Finally, more than anything, Hill’s research supports the importance of a strong supportive relationship between a parent and a child that involves trust, connectedness, and emotional security. The good news about this research? The ingredients of plan B foster autonomy support, monitoring, and warmth! With Plan B, parents are supporting their kids in solving problems for themselves, communicating their adult expectations clearly, and are building stronger family relationships.