My child has just failed his first semester in college, away from home. He has the ability, although mildly motivated. It seems like he skipped many classes and assignments. I had an incling there was a problem and visited the small school about a month and a half ago. Professors said my child missed many classes. My child also admits to socializing too much with his new freedom. It appears as if drigs/alcohol are not an issue. I'm lost as what to do. We drove up today to empty his dorm room, it was so sad. I work in a school and deal with these issues alot but when it becomes personal.I feel lost. The plan is to maybe enroll him in a community college, bring up his grades, and he'd like very much to try to re-enter the college that dismissed him, or enroll him in a local branch of a larger university for now. This local branch is not a large school. Any suggestions, please!!
I struggle to write this As am in disbelief that I face a similar situation. But I need help and advice from experienced parents before I lose my mind.
My soon a 4 yr high school athlete star in 2 sports has always faced organization and time mgmt issues but only got 1 d his entire 4 yrs and mainly got a 2.7-3.5 in college prep courses.
He started at a local JC (comm. college) living at home and played football, he got a 3.0 in the fall. The spring semester he got all F 's and didn't know why. There was no explanation and he seemed amazed. The summer he got all a's in health training classes and this fall he played college football again but got all F s. when questioned about the bad grades he is amazed and can't believe it. After the first failed semester he was grounded, and we checked in weekly to ask about school. He always said everything is great!!
How can someone be so unaware??
The sad thing is he is a awesome son, no drugs no hanging out no drinking no girlfriend. Just sports and working out. Should I have him checked for brain trauma or a mental disability? How can someone regress or get dumber? My husband and I live our lives around our kids and their activities. We sit ea night with them from elementary through high school to do homework . We are both college grads and pretty smart.
My son has completed 1.5 years of his college education. No matter what school they go to, they need to know they are not little children anymore. The thing that helped me with him is not to treat him like a kid, but like a grown man. I gave him a very good speech about "man up". He asked many questions and we spent hours talking about what it means. Now, I am a single mother of two children, and no matter how frustrating it is to be a parent at times, we cannot give up on our children. Once a child reaches certain age he/she should know that they should start making plans to move out and became independent, it is for their own good. Well my son knew he was no going to live at home anymore, but I was going to be there to support and guidence. WE cannot make excuses for them in anyway and need to treat them like adults. I learned to give my son a list of expectations and datelines. The first semester seemed like a game to him, but the second semester he got the same speech and more strict expectations, even no more support out of me if at least 90% of expectations weren't met ... sure enought, he made me proud. He is working and going to school, not to mention he is getting better grades every semester. I oversee his schedule and school expenses, just to guide him and see how can I help. Could be books or tuition, but must of all he takes full responsability on his expenses. He knows that managing his school finances is a part of "man up". Today, he surprised me with something I have asked him to do, join a gym. I conveyed to him that Exercise helps on decison making and to get better grades. Well, he did joined the gym, even though he had already improved in behavior and grades, and he will pay it all by himself. So parents, do not give up and be FIRM, do NO BABY the child. They are not children anymore, I know is not easy, but Will only take few pulls and speeches to get them where you want them to be. 82199
Thank you. You've successfully subscribed to the GreatSchools newsletter.
Thank you. Please confirm your subscription by clicking the link in the email we just sent you.
Sign Up For Email Updates
Please enter your email address to sign up.
The email address is already signed up.
Connect With Us
Our mission is to inspire and support families to champion
their children's education - at school, at home and in their community. We are a national
non-profit based in Oakland, CA with programs and offices in Milwaukee, Washington D.C. and
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Forgot your password?
Thank you for submitting a review
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Thank you for submitting a review
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Complete your school's profile
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Thank you for submitting a comment
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a
survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
You may only compare 8 schools at a time
Continue to compare the schools you have already selected or
Edit schools to change your selection.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile.
The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your
school, so thanks for taking the time!
Your email needs to be verified
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet.
To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you.
Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Follow this school
Get timely updates for , including performance data and recently posted user reviews.