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HELP: Children in School
May 18, 2000
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concernd aunt
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concernd aunt
18-May-00

concerned: I have a 13 year old nephew who is not doing too good in school. His mother,my sister, is at the point where she doesn't know what to do with him. His father is not a constant in his life, so he's being raised by his single mother. She feels that he is too old for whippings but doesn't want him to run all over her. He is lying to his teachers and his mother about his homework. Recently, she threatened to put him out to go live with his father. This may sound like the right thing to do but sending him to his father's, I think, would be worse. Since he and his father don't live together, his father tries to be his friend instead of an "Authority figure". If he lived with his father the closest he would get to going to school is watching Sesame Street. WHAT TO DO????????????

May 19, 2000
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Is he going to be held back in a grade because of his trouble in school? Would this make your sister a bad mother?

If your sister is ready to send him away for this it might be better if he go now before major problems erupt.

His grades are his responsibility. If she is making sure he is home at night, using a daily palnner, checking the planner, taking him back to school to get his work if he needs it, requesting weekly progress reports fromschool and WORKING AS A TEAM WITH THE SCHOOL to make sure he isn't lying etc. then let him go.

This is the time of his life where he needs to learn that he is responsible for his own success or failure. He is still a kid and she is the adult. But failing grades do not a failure make.
She needs to do everything imaginable before she gives up on him. The BIG issue here may not be his grades but something deeper.

Does he lose privileges etc. when his grades are bad or does life go on "as usual" with mom complaining he could be doing better?
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