Alison - posted on 01/04/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )
I have two stepdaughters (aged 6 and 8) who stay with us every weekend and during school holidays. We do not have any other children as of yet.
It has recently come to our attention that the older girl is having confidence issues and suffers from anxiety in school. She has fallen behind in class despite the fact that she is a very bright girl and misses a lot of days and her teachers are worried that it will cause her problems for the rest of her life if it is not dealt with soon. Her mother has refused to try any suggestions put forth by her teachers, a social worker and child psychiatrist. (I don't mean to bad mouth, her mother has her own problems and just does not grasp the severity of the situation.)
Other than helping her with her homework at the weekends, what else can I do for her? I have suffered from low self esteem and anxiety for most of my life and the thought of this beautiful little girl emotionally and psychologically suffering like that really hurts.
I have a very good relationship with both girls and have been a big part of their life since the youngest was about 8 months old.
Their father is great with them and they hate having to leave him which upsets him too.
Is there anybody else out there that has been in a similar situation or has any advise?