@THmom Funny, I didn't see this post until just now but it is so timely - today was a tough day. Thank you for your insight. He took on too much this semester and is being stretched way too thin. Tonight will talk very seriously about what he can take off his plate and say "no" to. We're at that point of something's got to give. It kills me to see him so stressed! Thanks again for the post!Our MOC office told us that a few years ago, a kid who had an appointment tanked his 8th semester, and they rescinded his offer. I’d think as long as your DS doesn’t tank, a little loosening up might be ok?? Maybe ask him what he can take off his plate that would have the least negative impact/consequence? I’m one to listen to my kids, and if your DS is struggling, offer solutions, but with full disclosure of what the consequences could be of those choices. “Buck up” might not be healthy. I’m a high school teacher, and my heart goes out to these high-achieving kids who stress themselves out to the max. I hate seeing it.