First off, hello to everyone. I'm not new to DS but new to this community. My husband and I are having some difficulty with our 17 1/2-year-old. When I was his age I was engaged and a few months from leaving for military service. He is only a junior in HS due to his birth mother holding him back from Kindergarten so we have another year and a half of this to go. Generally, he's a decent kid. He doesn't talk back. He's not into drugs, alcohol, etc. He's a black belt and teaches at my husband's school twice a week as well as working at Pizza Hut. The problem is that he consistently shows poor decision making (mostly little stuff but a lot of it) and disrepect for other people's property. His level of maturity is something I would expect from a kid at least 3 years younger than him. IMO, he's almost too old to ground. I certainly didn't get grounded when I was his age. I pretty well did what I wanted but I was very responsible and could be trusted. We can't trust him and have to monitor his behavior very closely. It seems silly to keep such a tight reign on a kid his age as well as to remove privledges. He's almost old enough to vote for crying out loud. I'd be curious to hear others opinions on the issue.
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