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 …

Son Break Up

My Son’s Girlfriend broke up with him

Tara Cunningham Teen Issues

The ending of a romance is tough on everyone. Our son’s romance recently ended and he was really upset by it. It’s hard to know how to console a teen. Here’s how we got through it. It’s important if your son is very upset that you sit and listen to him. Don’t make light of the situation. This is a …

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 …

Mom upset at teen leaving for college

Why is my mom upset at me leaving for college?

Tara Cunningham College Life, Teen Issues

Making plans for leaving for college is an exciting time. It is the beginning of the next chapter in your life. But it’s also the ending of a chapter in your moms. Your mom is upset because she knows this is the end of your childhood. You are going to college and she will see less and less of you. …

How much Does a Teenager Cost per Month ?

Tara Cunningham Teen Issues, Uncategorized

Teenagers can be expensive. They all want the latest gadget or newest fashion trend. But the cost of this can spiral so we need to budget how much is enough each month. From birth to 18, the average cost of a child is $241,323. The monthly cost is $1200. This varies on location and parental income. These expenses include 1. …

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 …

Teen Playing With Dog

Can a 13 year old take care of a dog?

Tara Cunningham Teen Issues

Deciding to get any pet is a big decision. Buying one specifically for a tween / teenager will take some further thought. Here’s some tips to help you decide. A 13 year old is an appropriate age to get a dog. The care of the animal needs to be clearly explained for success. 1. Create a plan 2. Careful selection …