I have a 15 year old daughter in High School who should be in the 10th grade but has repeated the 9th grade. Her second year in high school will be ending in a few weeks and she is still failing. She's a smart girl that seems to be easily distracted by her friends and social activities. I have spent at least 500 dollars on Summer School (which for some reason she always passes) to try to get her caught up. But her work has still piled up. After fooling around the entire year she has expressed to me that she wants to move with her Dad and attend school in another district so that she could start over fresh. I have no problem with this if I think her habits would change. I explain to her how important education is and it is her responsibility and I don't want her to run from her responsibilities. However, on the flip side.I honestly have not been doing the greatest job at monitoring her assignments because of a 4hr round trip commute that I have everyday. I am currently looking for work with a shorter commute. I'm thinking that maybe she would have more of a disciplinary figure with her father. I'm not sure what to do. Please advise! Thank you.
From: Renee,Catasaqua, PA
This seems like a no-brainer to me. In fact, it seems to me that your daughter is taking responsibility for her actions by recognizing that she's finished at this school and wants to start over.
Dad is willing and able? You'll be able to maintain a relationship with her, and maybe get yourself in a different, if not better, situation? Go for it.