16 year old daughter refuses to go to school

Jeri - posted on 01/14/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter "thinks" she can pick and choose when she goes to school. She was doing great before winter break. But, when her dad (my ex) broke his promise to get her a car for Christmas based on her doing better she regressed. She went from F's to a,b&c! Not sure what to do. I can't bodily make her go. Upset and worried about her.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/14/2014

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Well, have the school punish her for truancy. Have them bring the law into it. Take all of her extras away, she gets bed, bedding, food, and necessary clothing, that's it, no more.

When she pitches a bitch fit, tell her life's rough if you don't follow the rules, and stick to your guns.

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Sarah - posted on 06/13/2016

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Kimmy this thread is pretty old but your daughter sounds like she is being quite dramatic by threatening to kill herself over the phone being taken. It is not a funny thing to joke about either.

Jeri - posted on 01/14/2014

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She has left bruises on me. And I have raised two older children and a son now who would never raise a hand to me. They respect me. She is a whole new experience. My ex also did not allow me to discipline my way. We left when he became physically abusive with myself and my daughter.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/14/2014

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So, she wants to act like a 2 yo, treat her like one. She doesn't go to school, she doesn't get internet access, she doesn't get cable, she doesn't get anything beyond electricity and heat, and necessary food for survival, AND you take her phone, gaming system, and any other means of entertainment she has.

If she wants computer access and freedoms back, she goes to school and pulls her grades out of the gutter. Simple enough.

I really, truly don't get all of these "my kid won't go to school" posts. I've raised my kids, one graduated, one's a sophomore in HS this year, and never once did either of my kids consider trying to skip school, because they knew there'd be consequences. And this "I can't bodily force her"...well, I'm sorry, but my kids are both 6'5", and if I tell them to do something, they know better than to argue. But, then again, I started consistent discipline when my kids were babies, so perhaps they figured it out well before they were in HS, because when THIS momma says "these are the consequences", THIS momma enforces them from day one.

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