So, looks like we are going to be taking in our nephew for the school year (at least). His parents (DH's brother and SIL) are moving again, and out of the current school district. We are in the district, and the boy desperately wants to stay in the same school and not move again (they've moved...well, a lot). We talked about it briefly last month, and then again last week. Today, DH talked to his brother and found out that yes, it's a go, and that we'll probably have him here starting Monday.
DH is getting his hip replaced tomorrow, so he'll be home for the next three months.
I've not had much kid experience (didn't babysit when I was younger), and I want to make sure we set some good ground rules for him when he comes. He's a good kid, we've had him at our cabin a few times, he's very respectful to us. He doesn't get much direction at home though. The last report card he got "OK" grades, but failed Social Studies. I was a straight A student, and I've done tutoring in college, and I want to make sure we can get his grades up and teach how school is important and help him do well. Living with us will be quite a bit different for him than with his parents. (DH has his GED, but has a good job - college isn't for everyone, but it's a good thing to strive for, I feel. My degree is in Molecular Biotechnology/Microbiology, and I work in IT now).
If you've had a 12 year old boy (or if you were one LOL) could you give me some advise? Tips? Good rules?