The Norman Transcript

May 24, 2013

It’s tough to grow up, but it’s worth it

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Q: I have a daughter taking classes for high school credit, and I don’t understand this concept. Can you explain what she and I should be keeping track of to ensure she graduates on time?

— Allen, Norman

Dear Allen,

What a perfect question for this time of year. Each semester, each class is worth half a credit, since it’s taken for half of the year. Therefore, if a student is enrolled in six classes each semester, a total of six credits (three per semester) will be earned for the year if all classes are passed.

Each district has its own policies as to how many credits are needed to be promoted to the next grade level and for graduation. You can see that if a student passes six classes per year for the four years they are in high school, they will have 24 credits.

You and your daughter should continually monitor her credits. It is our experience that students who become deficient by too many credits may often get frustrated and drop out, especially when they see their peers graduating on time and they are unable to graduate with their class.

Q: My mom and dad told me if I lived at home after graduation, I was going to have to pay them rent. I don’t think this is very fair. Why is it different than all the other years I’ve lived with them?

— Tyler

Dear Tyler,

Growing up is rough, isn’t it? You are now considered an adult and are able to contribute to the household. Most kids want to move out and be on their own the second they turn 18. If you are opposed to paying your parents rent, you can always move out and pay someone else.

You didn’t mention if you were headed to college in the fall or seeking employment. Maybe you could negotiate with them to live rent free until you leave for college or Sept. 1 if you are planning to work, instead.

Living free does not mean you don’t have other responsibilities. You should be preparing yourself for your adult life and the “real” world. Do you own laundry, keep your bedroom clean, clean up after yourself and help prepare family meals.

If your parents are both working and you are not, there are a multitude of chores you can do where you can earn your keep: mow the yard, take out the trash, vacuum, etc.

When you are contributing to better yourself and your family, believe it or not, you will appreciate what you have so much more.

Tyler, even though growing up is rough, once you’ve done it, it’s awesome.

Please send questions to Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with 49 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children, Sally three. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district.