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how do i tell my parents i want to dropout of high school?

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I really want to drop out and try for the GED. I have my life planned out and I want to start in the workforce to help my family out with our financial problems. School isn't helping me at all and I think it's the source of my suicidal depression. I'm a senior with several classes and night classes to take because I screwed up my freshmen year and I need more credits(which I don't think is even enough to graduate). It feels like I'm going to have gray hairs before I'm twenty.

The problem is that I don't know how I am going to tell my parents that I want to drop out. My elder sister dropped out and now she's a failed drug-user so my mother doesn't want to repeat the mistake. I want to show her that I am responsible and I want to start my life now. How can I tell her that I won't be like my sister?

Thank you for the answers in advance.
Update: I didn't ask 'Should I drop out?' I already made up my mind. I just want to know how I should break it to my mom without her being incredibly upset.

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asked Mar 17 in Education and Reference by Kyle Reeses

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I understand your situation and how you want to start working to make some money, but a high school diploma is definitely worth more than a GED. Working instead of going to school might make you some money right now, but in the long run you will be losing a lot more than money by not finishing high school. You're a senior, so what's one more year? It does sound like you have a very busy schedule, but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.

As far as the depression you mentioned, I want to encourage you to reach out to someone whether it is in your school, friends, or family. Even if talking to someone about your problems may sound lame, it can really help. There should be plenty of people in your school to talk to that will be completely unbiased and will pass no judgment, so that will be a plus. Don't be afraid of approaching someone, it's their jobs to help you. They all went to school, got degrees, and probably paid ridiculous amounts of money to be where they are, so helping you in any way or just giving an ear to listen to what you have to say is not something that is a burden or annoyance to them.

If you ABSOLUTELY have no other solution but to drop out, I think you should discuss it with your parents and make that decision with them. Although there is a 99% chance that they will discourage you from dropping out, there is always a chance that they will agree with you (if you have a REALLY good plan in motion), or maybe she will take the burden off of your shoulders and give you reason not to worry about your financial problems.

Just keep in mind that at the end of the day, all anyone wants for you is happiness, whether they are your parents, siblings, teachers, guidance counselors, friends, etc. Sometimes it's better to look at disagreements this way rather than think that people are against you. Good luck :)
answered Mar 17 by mlt719
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I want to drop out of high school but my mom won't let me?? Please help?
I'm 16 years old. I'm going to be a sophomore (school starts for me on September 3rd). However, I really don't want to go.
Please don't tell me not to drop out. It's my life, and not yours!
Please no rude comments.
answered Mar 17 by Sandra
I'm 23 and the most pointless thing in life that I ever wasted my time on was school.

I think there's about 14 years of life spent in school, and then people are stupid enough to pay for further education.

How many people who go to college end up working a job in the field they went to school for?
Probably 5% if not less.

the remaining end up in debt, or simply older and more depressed.

the education system is slowed and a waste of good youth.

I have learned more in my life from home and from reading about the things that I am truly interested in than I have ever learned in a controlled environment.

Not every one learns the same. Some people are smarter.. some are dumber.

I'm not sure what type of person you are, but the best bet for convincing a parent is to prove them why you don't need a dumb 'education'.

I'm 23 and self employed.
Still to this day, neither of my parents believe in what I do.

Even though my funds began from no where, and have slowly risen and are still rising through very... very hard work. They believe that everyone should work a job and go to college.

Brain washed.
Auto pilot.

Don't get me wrong though.. what I do is difficult.. but I would rather do this than work under an employer, waiting for my check.. begging for a raise practically at a certain point of each year.

I worked as a valet and bell hop once.. big money... but my legs were damaged from the job from constantly standing on concrete for 11 hours a day, 7 days a week.

NOT WORTH IT.

At least.. while you're in school... don't worry about what friends you have.
Don't worry about playing or hanging out.

Don't worry about stupid pointless things.

Try to focus on how you can make money.

If you have an understanding parent, they'll help you.

If you want to drop out of school just to hang out with friends, drink and do whatever the hell... then you may as well stay in school and enjoy it because your life is going to be very hard.

Make your life worth it.

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