June - posted on 08/11/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )
My two boys 14 and 16 are smart, but last year they let their grades slip. Older one started off freshman year with honor roll, but by end of year got all Cs. Younger got A and Bs with one C. They have always got As and Bs before. My older has a girlfriend and totally let his grades slip for his social life. As a result I told him if he didn't get As and Bs only he would not be allowed to get a driver's license permit to learn how to drive. Should I do other things like take away social privileges? Should kids this age be made to come home for dinner every school night? Should I set aside an hour or so for homework each night or take away privileges if they don't? I really want my kids to go to college. When I was pregnant I set aside money for college and now it's fully funded, but they seem to have very little academic motivation. All comments welcome!! Being a parent is HARD.