If your teen is graduating, it's time to renegotiate the laws of the land
Anthony E. Wolf
It's that time of year - when parents of graduating high-school children begin facing what happens next.
Many of your kids will be leaving town for university. But many won't. And the ones who are going away may still be home for the summer.
The difference is they are now newly minted adults.
"Desmond, would you please not leave your dirty dishes sitting around the house. I need you to wash them and put them away. Would you please clean them up, now."
"I'm busy right now, but I will later."
"No, I need you to clean them up now."
"Mom, you don't get it. I'm not your little kid who you can boss around any more."
Now that your teen is finished with the high-school part of his life, society no longer considers him a child; nor does he. He is officially a young adult. It's a very real shift - one that has repercussions when your child is still under your roof.