Parenting a high school student
'Everything about high school is a challenge for us as parents.'
Everything about high school is a challenge for us as parents. From the initial forms to when your child eventually gets accepted or not!
- Which school committees have you been a member of?
- Are you willing to serve on our governing board?
- Please provide a bank statement and certified copies of both parents ID’s.
- Where did you hear about this school?
- Why do you want your child to attend this school?
- Your child must write a 1000 word essay on what he would like to achieve and how being at this school will help him achieve that!
- Please be aware that by requesting a place at this school you are agreeing to a credit check which will be done by our bursar.
These were just some of the questions I was confronted with whilst applying to high schools! Should I include my pap smear and mammogram results that showed that I did not have any infections that would adversely affect my health and financial status and compromise fee payments.
These left me scarred and wondering if I should just home-school.
But 4 months into high school my biggest challenge is my child's addiction to Mxit. I've been thinking of having his cell phone surgically removed from the palm of his hand. The amount of school work is also a challenge and I have to hold back helping him with his work and wait for him to ask.
It's the bridge that you stand on whilst wanting them to be independent and at the same time resenting the independence as you then have a lesser place in your child's life.
But like the baby steps they took, as soon as you realise that its all just the phase of life they're going through it gets a teeny weeny bit better. Nawaal