My great advice
Susan gives us her great advice for parents of teens.
My advice to parents of teenagers. We are in a recession, and need to carefully consider our childrens options when they leave school. So many parents say they want to send their kids to uni or college just to make them study 'something'. Well, that something can set you back anything up to R100 000 for a year or more, if they are in res or a flat, plus fees, travel etc. For them to not make it, creates disharmony in a family, resentment and a self esteem nose-dive for the child. My advice is take them to see a psychometrist or career counsellor and get them assessed to see what career field best suits them. They will be measured on personality, interest and aptitude. All 3 must be in sync to create harmony, and can save a lot of heartache and years of wasted studies. I am sure you all know of at least one individual who went to uni for years and does not use their degree, or is completely miserable and mismatched in his/her occupation. There are many psychometrists and psychologists around the country who can assist parents in this field. Help them choose the right subjects for matric, so that they can study and make their dream a reality, or not study because they might not need to, or have the aptitude to study what they want to. It is so important to give youngsters direction and help them identify their strengths - maybe the whole of society will change by giving more children 'maps' to their future and a belief in themselves and their own futures.