Dear Agony Aunts
I am at my wits end to know how to deal with my teenage daughter’s antics. She stays out all night at wild parties, is unlikely to pass even a single university entrance exam with the amount of studying she’s doing – & she is extremely rude to both her mother & me.
How can I get her to straighten out in time for her to get to university?
Try not to worry too much, she’s just going through that difficult rebellious phase that all teenagers have to pass through.
We’d suggest that you point out that without some serious changes in attitude on her part she is unlikely to get to university, with its opportunities for wild parties, excessive drinking & easy access to recreational drugs. Tell her in no uncertain terms that unless she is prepared to meet you half-way you will not be funding her any longer & she’ll have to find work & support herself.
We think you’ll find that she’ll come round like a shot & your next problem is to ensure that the time she has lost from her studies does not prevent her from getting into university. The simplest way of dealing with this is to bribe the admissions head of a small & remote university – perhaps by offering to fund some sort of scholarship; expensive but better than having her living at home & causing more grief & worries.