I am struggling big time withmy 18 year old son. He is a senior this year and only needs four more credits to graduate. He sais he is burnout. Wants to finish school online, but I want him to graduate with his class. Please someone give me some advice. I am very stressed out.

Joyce - posted on 01/30/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am strugging big time with my 18 year old son. He is a senior this year and only needs four more credits to graduate. He said he is burnout and doesn't want to go back to HS. He wants to take courses online and graduate. I want him to graduate with his class. Someone, please give me some suggestions. I'm so tired of being stressed out.

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Laurie - posted on 01/31/2013

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My 17 year old daughter decided to finish the second semester of her senior year in North Dakota (where my husband works in the oil patch) rather than follow some of my household rules in Arizona (like tell me where she is and when she is coming home). She is a good student and has never been in serious trouble but, boy, she is stubborn. So, I let her go, even though it was/is killing me. I could not understand why she would want to do that and not finish her senior year at her school with her friends. So, I guess I say to you, sometimes you have to let your children test their wings even if you don't agree with the choices. At least, your son is finishing high school (like my daughter). In the long run, it will only matter that he completed high school and not how he did it. So, say your piece to him, but let him as an adult make the choice. I tried to tell my daughter than changing schools could well affect the college applications we had already sent in. But ultimately, it is her life, she is almost an adult and it is she that must live with any consequences. Whatever you do, tell your son you love him no matter what and do it often so that both of you can have a better relationship someday.

Toni - posted on 01/30/2013

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I really feel for you because my son is almost 17 and failing so much. He has ADHD and him refusing to take medications has put him way behind. Now I find I don't like how those meds make him act. It is so discouraging to see your kid struggle in anything, let alone school. You kind of wish they were a child again and you can get them out of the mess. It hurts to know we can't.

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