My step-daughter is going to be 17 next month and she dropped out of school a year ago and doesn't want to do anything

Bertha - posted on 10/04/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I am a step-mom to a 16 year old girl, soon to be 17 next month. She had dropped out of school last year.She and her dad have a hard time getting along and she does not listen to his rules or does anything around the house to help, and stays up until 5 a.m. and sleeps all day. It seems as though she thinks that she can continue to do this and not think that she has to go to school or find a job or clean the place, She is very set in her ways and the ways of obviously how he has raised her, being a single father.Now that I am in the picture and don't live with him, I would like to try and help him figure out a plan of trying to get her on the right track.I have tried numerous times to talk to her about how important school is and that she needs her education.He is getting so fed up with her attitude and ignorant behavior that he has just thrown his hands in the air. I\m not even sure where to start looking for some kind of help, and I do not want to give up on her, I have a 14 year old son, and I know that I would not let this happen, but then again, he has raised his children totally different than I have. It is so stressful.

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Birgitta - posted on 10/04/2012

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The dad is going to have to start being a dad! He needs to set firm rules with consequences. I would suggest he help her set some goals and help her how to figure out how to achieve them. Take the GED exam, get a job etc. Maybe go visit a military recruiter, see if your town has a government job corp. BUT the rules must be followed with consequences if they aren't .

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