- Nearly 8 million kids under the age of 18 are living with or being raised by grandparents.
- American Grandparents Association
... you're doing for your high schoolers that you need to phase out in order to prepare them for college and adulthood:
- Waking them up in the morning
- Filling out the stack of paperwork that is required every year
- Delivering the stuff they forgot
- When they fail to plan, it becomes your emergency
- Doing their laundry
- Emailing and calling teachers to bail them out
- Meddling in their academics*
- Making breakfast and packing lunch*
The reason I put asterisks on some is that when kids have learning disabilities and ADHD, they may still need some support from you. They won't have 6 classes a day and homework every night. Many of their problems are related to timing. They simply can't get it all done every day. It becomes about "getting it all done" instead of learning and reinforcing concepts. In college, The schedule is a bit more manageable.
As for breakfast and lunch, nutrition has a serious impact on academic performance and if your kid has ADHD, they'll need an intense protein breakfast and lunch. If parents are out of the door first, you have no choice, just make sure that protein foods that can be eaten "on the run" are available as they fly out the door.
See you next week! Claudia