11 year old daughter, refusing to go to school for years now

Danielle - posted on 03/04/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am at my wits end. She is always pretend g to be sick. Even when I take away the television in her room, she insists on staying home. I thought my be it was because she was being picked on. Then I thought it was because her brier has autism and gets more attention. So I put her in homeschool like her brother and she lasted a month before begging me to put her back in regular school because she missed her friends and liked to learn in a classroom. So I put her back in regular school, and on her second day back, she is faking sick again. I managed to get her to go, tears streaming down her face. I am 25 weeks pregnant, high risk, and cannot physically make her go, or handle the stress she is putting on everyone in the home. Not sure what my options are. Psychologist?

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Sarah - posted on 03/04/2016

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Maybe you need to go further than simply removing The TV from her room. If she hassles you about going to school, she loses another privilege but still has to go to school. when she does go to school for a set number of cays without complaining she can earn one privilege back. She doesn't need a TV in her room, it just encourages isolation, too much screen time and too little sleep. I do agree that a therapist may help if she is having anxiety. How are you managing to homeschool her brother with you physical needs right now?

Danielle - posted on 03/04/2016

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She doesn't dictate her attendance, as she actually goes to school 99% of the time. But it is a HUGE fight every morning. It is exhausting. I will make an appointment with the therapist ASAP.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/04/2016

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You seriously have been allowing this child to dictate her level of attendance at school for YEARS now?

I'm amazed that the district hasn't had words with you, actually.

Get a therapist. Make your kid go to school, or consistently homeschool her.

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