Decline in School Performance
A marked slip in academic performance can indicate any number of things -- loss of interest, being "stressed out," a sense of futility like nothing matters, or just being unable to keep up with a rigorous schedule -- any of which can indicate a bigger problem.
If your teen experiences a sudden decline in grades or general academic performance (skipping school, missing deadlines, neglecting "extra credit" when he or she once sought it out), hold off on the disciplinary action, and pay attention. Does he or she seem sad, depressed or angry? Just out of it? Rather than a punishment, your teen might need your understanding and support.
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