How can I get my 18 year old to shoulder her responsibility

Sharon - posted on 06/06/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I find by taking short walks or just an hour a day keeps your children aware that you care and are concerned about them genuinely and individually.

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Christy - posted on 06/06/2011

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Has she graduated from High School yet? Many parents sit down with their graduate and create new expectations. You and your spouse would need to discuss in advance what you feel is appropriate but many parents that I've talked with tell their kids:

Go to school full time
or
work full time and pay rent
plus
basic chores around the house

Understanding that they shouldn't be home all day, don't expect them to do major chores, but basic help as well as keeping their room under control and their own laundry done is reasonable.

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Sharon - posted on 06/08/2011

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for many years as parents we have been speaking of divorce. We have done this more importantly in front of her and also in some ways have negatively supported her. I believe most of her life. I am afraid that she will end up hurting herself by moving with some one not in her best interest just to escape home. Yes she is out of high school. Her GPA is very low and her emotions are way out there. Sometimes I think one day i am going to get the phone call. And that will be the final answer. I really want to approach and talk to her. It seems she and I are complete strangers and every time we talk she ends up crying and leaving and I am wondering how I can end it all.

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