Is your son thinking of dropping out of high school? Perhaps I can help. I’m the parent of two successful kids that graduated from high school, finished college recently, and are delightful young people. Having said that, even my kids gave me some scares in high school. So I know what it’s like to be a stressed out parent.
Help for parents of high school dropouts
If you need immediate help leave a comment on this page and I will contact you via email. I have a circle of friends who are psychologists and therapists who specialize in working with parents who need help with their children. They do provide counseling long distance via telephone. (Yes, there is a fee.)
Do it yourself advice for parents of dropouts
I really don’t suggest parents work in a vacuum on this problem. Get help. Go to the high school and speak to a counselor. Get a referral locally to a therapist.
Whatever you do, don’t think for a minute that you can “figure this out” without some special help.
Why do other parents’ boys want to drop out of high school?
This is based on writing this blog for 1 year, reading topics in this area, I am no expert. But I am knowledgeable.
- Money. Some boys need to dropout of school to make money for their families.
- Employment. This is a bit different than #1. A young teenage boy might become tired of school and decide that making full time money is a better idea. If they’re offered a job, they might take it.
- Illness. Boys do get ill. They might miss school and then give up on attendance when they recover.
- Discipline. Teenage boys that mis-behave badly in school could be suspended or dismissed.
- Bullying. Young boys that are bullied will find reasons not to attend school. Who can blame them if they have no support?
- Sexual preference. Some young men realize they have a different sexual orientation in school. And people may discriminate against them.
- Jail. Some juvenile offenders are sentenced to jail time.
- Poor grades. Some teenage boys fall behind in their school work. Then they never receive help in their work. It’s not fun getting bad grades or derision for being a bad student. They drop out.
- Racial discrimination. This still happens.
Why do sons of affluent parents want to dropout of high school?
Affluent of course doesn’t mean rich. You are a parent with financial assets who would do “almost” anything to help your son. If you knew what to do. The answers aren’t obvious, especially when it’s your own son. So when your son wants to dropout of high school, it’s a special problem, not a statistic.
Contact me if you need counseling for your dropout son.
As I’ve said before, seek help locally if you can. But if you want a referral to professional help (psychologists and therapists), leave a comment for this article. I will respond via email.