Don't Want to Go To College

What if I don’t want to go to college?

Tara Cunningham High School, Teen Issues

Senior year of high school can be incredibly stressful. Everyone talking about SATs and college applications. But maybe you don’t want to go to college. Let’s look at the options. No one must go to college. There are plenty of options available if a four year degree is not for you. It’s understandable that not everyone wants to go to …

Prom Night Pic

Don’t Want to Go to Prom

Tara Cunningham High School, Teen Issues, Teens Friends

Prom is the last large get together before graduating. It goes without saying that you’re going, right? Well not everyone wants to go to prom. And that’s ok. There are definite reasons why teens don’t want to go to prom. Social anxiety. Finances. Not loving high school the way others do. Let’s look at some of the reasons teens decide …

School Refusal

How Do I Get My 14 year old to go to School ?

Tara Cunningham High School, Teen Issues

As a parent my priority was always the emphasis on education. Not in an authoritarian way, but just to show my kids how important education is for their future. All 14 year olds must attend school by law with the exception of health reasons or home schooling. 14 US states allow children to leave school at 16. Refusal to attend …

Disadvantages of Private School

What are the Disadvantages of Private School

Tara Cunningham High School, Teen Issues

Early last year my son decided he would like to move school. He had attended a private school for four years. It was a surprise to me as he announced he would like to attend a public school from the next fall. Private school was something I never questioned when choosing a school. I went to one and so my …

How late should I let my teenager stay out?

Tara Cunningham High School, Teen Issues, Teens Friends

The time comes for every teen when they want to be out with friends. This is the natural course of events, pushing the boundaries. But they still need to be safe. Here’s how we have monitored it. Times for teenage curfew should be age appropriate. Younger teens should be home by 8pm and older teens (17) by 11pm. Of course …

Losing Friends after High School

Losing Friends after High School

Tara Cunningham College Life, High School

Leaving high school is one of the first milestones as you transition into adulthood. Change is inevitable after high school. Friends go their different ways and lose touch. It’s part of growing up. For some the thoughts of leaving high school and moving on is just too much to handle. We need to think of this time as the start …

Can't Afford College

Accepted to College but Can’t Afford It

Tara Cunningham College Life, High School

You’ve gone through the whole college application and have been offered a place. Well Done! You now realise that the funding is not there. Here’s some advice. If your financial aid package is not what you expected it would be there are other routes to continuing your education. 1. Student Loan 2. Scholarships 3. In State college options 4. Join …

Should I go to college out of state?

Tara Cunningham College Life, High School

Going to college is a life changing decision. Where you choose to attend is also very important. Let’s look at what might be involved in that decsion. You should go to college out of state if you have the resources to do so. You won’t be limited by course choice but financially it is more expensive. There are just over …

Getting into College After Gap Year

Tara Cunningham College Life, High School

Deciding to take a gap year after high school is a time when a teen can mature, figure out who they are. But is it for everyone and what difficulties might arise? Getting into college after gap year is harder than going straight from high school. The best solution is to apply as normal and defer your place. The process …