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As your child enters senior high, a whole new world is going to open up to them. Puberty, being on the cusp of adulthood, and the countdown to college years has begun. However, a parent needs to guide their child through these years with tact and discipline. Many kids find that as they reach their senior year, their desire to stay focused is lessened. A parent has to do what they can to help maintain focus.
About midway through senior high, kids are faced with decisions to make. This is the time to start looking into colleges as well as figure out what field they want to study in. Grades need to be kept up, loans and grants are going to have to be applied for, and most likely part-time work is going to be sought out. All of these issues combine into one gigantic wad of stress for parents and children alike.
The key to surviving these years intact is to find a balance. Grades are the first and foremost important issue. A lesser grade makes or breaks the ability to get into the school of a teenager’s dreams. So while they may want to work in order to have money, you as the parent need to decide if work should win out over grades. Certainly supporting a teenager’s newfound habits are on the expensive side, but no one said children are cheap.
Ultimately you will do what makes the most sense for your family situation. However, no matter how much a teenager will tick you off, support them in whatever they do because they still need you.