Any helpful guidance for family member who is leaving High School?
July 16, 2014 10:06 AM Subscribe
I have a family member that has chosen to leave high school at 16. I need some help or resources for us to guide a constructive process.
posted by occidental to Human Relations (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
He and I talk somewhat regularly and I try to provide a non-judgemental space to discuss his decision. That said, it is hard to reserve my judgement sometimes as I think it is a somewhat bad idea and I won't say that I am perfect in this approach. What I really need is advice on how I can approach the topic with him without being overbearing but without being too easy on him either. He does plan to get his GED which I think is a good opportunity for me to see his commitment to completing something (I still feel skeptical, this that judgement part I referenced above) to show me he is serious about just wanting an alternative and not because he doesn't feel like it.
I know he kind of "hangs out" a lot with his friends which is natural but any concrete resources, books, or blogs about how to balance this with work/progression would be great. Also any advice or criticism toward my approach would be welcome as well. Ultimately, I just want to help him navigate through life and find a good path for him. He does have a job at McDonald's currently which is good on one front I suppose.