As the end of the school year draws to a close, some teens, particularly graduating seniors, decide that school is already over. They don't want to go to school and they pretty much stop doing homework. If your graduating senior is exhibiting these symptoms, he or she may be coming down with "senior-itis." It strikes students in their last few months of high school. While all seniors seem to get a case of "senior-itis." some cases are worse than others.
The Parent Institute suggests the following ways to deal with your teen's "senior-itis:"
Talk with other parents. When you realize that yours is not the only teen who is acting this way, you may relax a little.
Choose your battles. There are some rules you won't want to relax. Hold firm on those. ("I know you may be doing different things next year. But our rules will still be enforced this year.")
Offer your teen some "adult" experiences. If her grades are good, she might be able to intern in an office one day a week. This is a good way for a teen to try out a career. (It's also a way to let her see that she doesn't quite know everything yet).
Let your teen know that grades can't slip too much. Colleges really do change their minds if students' grades fall off a cliff. High schools don't let seniors who miss the entire last grading period graduate.
Enjoy it. In a few short months, your teen will be gone. Make the most of the time you have together.
The last day for seniors is June 1. Graduation at Norwalk High School will take place at 3 p.m. June 3.