More and more emphasis has been placed on your children being “college” and “career-ready.”  Are your Middle and High Schoolers ready to take on the world, or their country?  As my mother would say, “Do my small part to make a difference in the world.”  A lot of information is available to you to help you navigate the system and ask important questions about next steps.  I will provide you with some of those resources, tips and strategies on how to start the right conversations with your young adult children.  Stay tuned to upcoming resources that will lighten your load during this crucial decision making time.  You can help your child get a head start by picking up your copy of the Mama Said…It’s the small victories that count! Communication Companion.  Click and join our Blog to share your thoughts.  Back To Home Page

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Check out the ‘Outcomes’ when parents/families are engaged in the educational process:

Higher grades
School success
Higher standardized test scores
Higher self-esteem
Social competence
Reduction in substance abuse
Aspiration for college
Enrollment in college
Participation in out-of-school time programs

What Components Can Threaten the Dreams of Our Children?

Dropping out of school

The status dropout rate is higher for males than for females. In 2004, almost 12 percent of males ages 16–24 years were high school dropouts, compared with 9 percent of females (data table for Figure 3). Although males constitute one-half of the population, they account for 57 percent of the dropouts in this age group. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (CDC).  Retrieved from the Internet 3/22/2017.

 

Arrests

According to the October 2015, State of the Juvenile Justice System Report Summary on juvenile crime in the State of Wisconsin, the report stated, “Since that change in 1996, approximately 300,000 Wisconsin 17- year-olds have been arrested for nonviolent offenses, resulting in an estimated 80,000 of them spending at least some time in an adult jail, and thousands more ending up with an adult record that too often has unintended consequences related to employment, housing, and education.”  The change the article was referring to related to the need to change policy that would provide a multi-system approach to aid juveniles as oppose to punishment.  This change has provided positive results according to recent data, suggesting a decrease in juvenile crime related activities.

Department of Health and Human Services (CDC).
Retrieved from the Internet 3/22/2017.

Drug use

In 2005, almost 4 in 10 students reported having used marijuana one or more times during their life. Lifetime use of marijuana increased significantly between grades 9 and 12 for both male and female students.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (CDC). Retrieved from the Internet 3/22/2017.

 

Psychological disorders

In one long-term study, as many as 80% of young adults who had been abused met the diagnostic criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder at age 21. These young adults exhibited many problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and suicide attempts.  

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (CDC). Retrieved from the Internet 3/22/2017.

There Is Hope!