how do i help my teenage son to stop skipping classes?

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Angie - posted on 02/10/2009

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I agree with Kristen, take his driver's license away. Also inform him that boys with low grades are more expensive to insure and that he will be responsible for any insurance increases caused by his skipping school. If your school has a website that allows you to see when he skips, make sure he knows you are checking it every hour and that if he's not in class you will be looking for him - and you will be taking him back to school when you find him.

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Nicole - posted on 02/10/2009

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i beleive that most teenager go through this stage at least i did. and it was because the school work was way to easy and i could finish it faster at home then school. but there are many reasons. just make sure he is still doing good in class and try to motivate him to go..

Cathi - posted on 02/10/2009

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My sister was going through this same thing last year and she found out why. Her son being bullied in some of his classes by a group of boys. My nephews grades suffered and evrything. They finally found out what ws happening nad had the bullies put in a class with the dean all day long nd He started going back to classes again. If that is not it then you need to start taking stuff away. I knowit sound off the wall but, TV, video games, remove them and the computer from his room. It works.

Jenny - posted on 02/10/2009

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hav you asked him why hes skipping school. does he like his teachers,does he understand the work hes being given,has he got good friends or has he changed friends or maybe hes being bulled,has he changed his attitude to anything else has he started drinking or taking drugs staying out late? it might be a good idea to get yr partner or maybe a male person who he looks up to to hav a word. i do agree with dawn on her suggestion but that would be the last resort.but humiliating him wont be good if he is being bulled. i also agree with bianca to come up with a solution and even a punishment together if he misses school but he does have to have a reward if he does go. hope this helps.

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You need to understand the why's first. I think both of the suggestions so far could probably work for you (depending on your child) but why not try to find out the deeper issue(s) and try to come up with a solution together...help him to make the best decision for himself.

Dawn - posted on 02/09/2009

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dress in your worst  and ugly outfit and take him class to class and be sure to  hold his hand and sit next to him let everyone  your his mommy  my kids never skipped school the threat was enough

Kristen - posted on 02/09/2009

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Does your son have his own car?  If he does then take it away because having a car when you are a teenager is a priviledge not a right.  Talk to his teachers to see how his behavior is in his classes.  He may be skipping because he does not understand the material therefore he feels that he does not need to learn.  For every class he skips make him pay you back money.  School does cost money.  Good Luck!!

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