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Lack of Motivation and Underachievers

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Lack of motivation and underachieving are trends of today’s teen society. Most teens are not working up to their potential and lack the desire to continue school. We have two scenarios that we frequently hear: the teen wants to quit school or the teen only goes to school to socialize.

Quitting high school is not an option for many if not all. Today, many teens feel that getting a GED later on is an acceptable plan and use this as a way to get out of going to school. GEDs have their place in the educational system for those who have special needs or requirements that prevent them from attending a regular high school. It is important for teens to understand that an education should be their priority to secure their future. It is easier to write this than to enforce it, but we can never give up on our children.

canstockphoto9452793In some states, a child can withdraw from school without a parent’s consent. The most common age is 16; however, it is advised to check with your local school district for your legal age. Trying to convince a teen that they must finish school can be frustrating. In prior generations, parents worried about getting their kids into college; today, those with struggling teens worry about them finishing high school.

Many troubled teens are underachievers; although they are capable of doing the work, they lack the motivation to succeed. Parents worry about getting our children through high school– not to mention the competition to get into good colleges.

Teens who go to school for their social life are usually the underachievers and lack motivation for academics. These are students that can do the work and are highly intelligent, but have decided that their friends are more important. An underachiever can also be the child that doesn’t want to go to school. In some cases, they are distracted by emotional issues or are not challenged enough in their classes. There may also be some learning disabilities not diagnosed. It is wise to have your child tested to see if this could be holding them back academically.

As proactive parents, we must seek resources to help our child take an interest in learning. Being an informed parent can help educate your child for a brighter future.

P.U.R.E.™ invites you to fill out a free consultation form for more information on finding the appropriate help for your teen.

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    Excellent read by Kari Kampakis, WriterA mom of five kids (all teenagers) once told me that something they discuss a lot in their home is RECOVERY.

    Her husband’s big question to their five kids is: "What will your recovery be?" He tells his teenagers, “You’re going to make mistakes, and hard things will happen, but what will your recovery be? How will you respond when things don’t go as planned?”

    I love this concept because it’s so relevant – especially to teens. More often than not, this is the stage of life when adult-sized problems, disappointments, and heartaches begin to manifest.

    An accident they didn’t see coming.

    A romance that ended with a broken heart.

    A mistake they'll always regret.

    A dream that didn’t come true.

    A curve ball that changed their plans.

    A setback that felt like punishment.

    I’ve read many articles – you probably have too – about the importance of resiliency in kids. I’ve heard it said today’s kids often have high performance skills but low coping skills. Their talents and achievements are off the charts, but when it comes to the interior stuff, that grit that helps them handle the unexpected twists and turns of life, it often doesn’t develop to a mature level.

    I’m all for resiliency, but I don’t like watching the adversities that help build resilient kids. I don’t enjoy seeing my kids or others face bumps in the road or mountains that put their character and resolve to the test.

    What I’m trying to grow more comfortable with, however, is the truth that pain and life interruptions can serve a purpose. The obstacles our kids face often prepare them for blessings down the road or open up new doors they didn’t see coming.

    Most importantly, God will comfort them in their pain so they can comfort others. Whatever happens to our kids – good or bad – never goes to waste. God can use it all to grow His kingdom and draw them closer to Him.

    I believe helping a child recover begins with compassion and sensitivity. It means comforting them, crying with them, and confirming we’ll walk beside them. Whatever the next steps are, we’ll take that journey with them, because as long as we’re alive and able they will never walk alone.

    The next step is to instill hope. To give them something to cling to and remind them how the pain they feel is temporary. It won’t last forever, and things will get better.

    Nobody is guaranteed a problem-free life, and what every child realizes at some point is how fragile life circumstances can be. How bodies, hearts, and spirits can break from one unfortunate event…one devastating conversation…one poor choice…one bad performance…one painful punch in the gut.

    We can’t always prevent the trials our kids face, but we can influence their next chapter. We can empower them by asking, What will your recovery be? How will you make the best of this situation? What choices will you make from here that keep you moving in the right direction?

    And then, we can celebrate their recovery. We can applaud them as they work diligently to bounce back, move forward, and develop the grit and character that can be the hallmark of their story.

    For more inspiration join Kari Kampakis, Writer, or check out these books for teen & tween girls, used widely across the country for small group and church studies.

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