A mom on the forum seeks advice: I am at my wits end and don't know what to do. My daughter ( 16) has been in school only 6 days and already has 2 F's and a D. I have tried punishing her by taking away everything but she still is failing, like she don't care about school. She is a very well behaved girl very polite and helpful but why does she not care about school? The only other choice is homeschooling. She has also failed 9th grade with a total of four F's.
Denise's thoughts: I'm wondering a few things like what your daughter says is the problem. Does she say she doesn't care? What does she say when you talk to her? Is she having a hard time getting along with peers? Is she suffering from other problems like drug use, depression or other troubled teen issue? Is she involved in her school activities?
If she was doing better in the homeschool environment and she wants to do that, seeing as she has already failed 9th grade once, that is a good option. I would caution you to make a contract with her that you will send her back to school the minute you see her failing in homeschool because it is all too easy to drift and not finish when you are not going to school everyday.
You may also want to check out any alternative schooling your area has available. Talking to the guidance office at the school will help you find these. I would also leave school as an option for her to go back when she wants.
Asking our parenting community: Should this mom try and motivate her teen to continue in a traditional high school, or is homeschooling the way to go? Do you home-school? Please share your advice, opinions and experiences in the comments area.