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Problems of many high school dropouts can be severe.
Lack of education for high school dropouts can lead to lack of skills ==> which can lead to a lack of opportunities which can lead to unemployment or under-employment ==> which can lead to poverty and a general downward cycle.
As you can see, the key word here is lack.
Please help! How do I raise my teen or pre-teen?
As a parent, do you have more questions than answers?
Back talk, defiance and disrespect do NOT have to be daily visitors in your home. Start by taking control now.
1. Read through the free short report "Raising Teens". Make sure you are covering the fundamentals in parenting your son or daughter.
IMPORTANT: Don't disregard this information if your child is not yet a teen. A huge secret to successful parenting is prevention. By reading this report and using the behavior log (explained in point #2) you'll be getting a jump on handling your growing child's needs today.
Believe me, solving a seven or ten year old's problems is a lot easier than solving a fifteen or seventeen year old's problems.
2. Print out our Behavior Log. Use it to keep track of your child's behavior for a week or two. Then you'll have a better idea of what you're really dealing with.
3. Is the situation with your high school dropout still more than you know how to handle? Then take a deep breath and another step towards finding the right solution for you and your teen. Head over to Empowering Parents where you will find an enormous amount of articles and discussion written by common sense experts and other parents who have been in the trenches, too. I have found this can really help.
The problems that high school dropouts face can be challenged successfully, however.
To help your ex-student get on a better path, you might want to start with the following question.
"Why did you drop out of school?"
You may think you already know the answer to this question, but I challenge you to dig deeper. For example, there may be honest external pressures that caused your high schooler to dropout.
What problems do high school dropouts face that cause them to leave school?
- severe illness
These are problems that can cause any teen to go into a tailspin. And very few teens have the maturity to handle such weighty difficulties without help.
- power struggles
- constant arguing
lack of quality relationships
These types of family challenges can be draining on everyone involved. If you need more ideas for constructively working with your teen, check out this article. Why Don't Consequences Work for My Teen? Here is Why and How to Fix It
- learning challenges
- simple boredom
All of these things and more can cause teens to lose their motivation for learning in a traditional academic environment. And the answers to these problems usually lie in the classroom of life, not a schoolroom.
If your child is struggling with any of these issues, or has even become an out of control teen, help her however you reasonably can. But do keep it all in perspective: many young people face these types of challenges and DON'T drop out of high school!
The truth is, problems are a daily part of life and everyone must learn how to deal with them. That's why finding out what is deeply blocking your child from wanting an exciting future can sometimes help you steer him in a better direction.
To get YOUR young adult back on track and solving the many problems that high school dropouts face...
look for ways to tap into your teen's unused potential. Start by showing your teen a way out of his dilemma.
- Alternative high school programs
- GED programs
Many high school dropouts need to be freed to experience learning that makes sense to them. Hands on, self-paced, vocation driven and one on one mentoring can be what wakes these teenagers up to the opportunities around them.
Another idea? Visit a local community college and help your ex-high schooler get excited about the life possibilities in front of her.
The problems of many high school dropouts are complex and varied.
So dig deeper in your mothering and find out what makes your teen tick.
See if you can use this information to help your teenager get started on a more productive path to a brighter future.
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Colleen Langenfeld is a mother with over 29 years of parenting experience and helps other busy moms around the globe at www.paintedgold.com.
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