Dear Youth Ambassadors,

This year I wanted to try to graduate high school early, but because I am raising my one-year-old brother, I find it difficult to get my schoolwork done. If I’m raising my brother, how do I find the time to do my work? How can I get my family to understand this?

Sincerely,
Not Enough Time

Dear Not Enough Time,

I understand what you are going through, although not on a personal level, I get where you are coming from. Basically, you probably feel alone and that you have to do this. Well, that’s the thing – you don’t have to do it. You might think that if you don’t do it, no one will, but have you ever thought that the reason they don’t do it is because they see you as a support system? The more and more that you just automatically come to the rescue for them, the more they will think they don’t need to do it, because you will. You have to let them know that you can’t always be there, because you have other things to do. It’s okay to say “no” sometimes. It’s not being selfish. You are going to be gone soon and not going to be around that much, so it is good to get this problem addressed now. I also suggest that you make a system where you can watch him a set number of days, and they get the rest. The bottom line is you have to start putting your foot down for you now.

Sincerely,
Your Friend

Dear Not Enough Time,

I understand that you have to try to raise your brother, but I think you can still find time to finish school early. One way to find time to do work is while your brother is asleep. Another way is by just giving the one-year-old things to do to be productive while you are productive on your homework. To get your family to understand your circumstance though, you should talk to them straight up about it. Tell them how you feel. You could have someone else in your family watch your brother at least two hours some days, so you can get your work done. I hope this helps, and you use the advice. Good luck.

Sincerely,
Youth Ambassadors