As many of you know we homeschool our children who are ages 14, 11, 8 (will be 9 on the 12th of this month). Our oldest who is 14 has been VERY difficult lately, well not lately but recently. She refuses to do any of her school work. It really started mid way through last year 2007-2008 school year. She barely passed last year. Yes we have taken away all privileges, TV, radio, computer, and now her Ipod. I am at my whits end with her. It is getting in the way of the other children in learning. I try and not get angry with her...she thrives on confrontation it seems...but today I lost it with her. She didn't do anything (school wise anyway) but sit in her room all morning. I am at the point where I just want to send her back to school. She tells me she does not want to go to school but still refuses to do any of her work. She has a lot of learning disabilities and struggles with her studies. She was doing very well for a few weeks when we began this past August, but has just declined greatly! We have tried the sit down and lay it on the table method, my Husband has talked with her one on one, I was going to ask my Mom to talk with her, they relate very well to each other, but my sister is in the hospital...another family issue...I can not ask her. I am seeking advise from any of you seasoned homeschoolers out there. Or those of you who were homeschooled through high school that might have some advise for us. We have been praying over this issue for some time. We do not want to send her back to public school but I am feeling as if we have no other choice if she refuses to do the work. Especially since the school district we live in is so concerned with sports instead of academics they let kids slide through school, my husband and I know first hand...we went there also.
We are going to try one last time to reason with her....we are taking a family vacation in 2 years where we are driving across the USA to Phoenix Arizona for my Husband's graduation from college. If she were in public school she would have to stay back with grandparents so she could go to school. He will be graduating in the spring when a lot of testing will be going on. So as you can see we have been talking about this for some time. If you do not have any advise for us could you please remember us in your prayers over this situation that I know God will work out for us and the decision we make, we will be at peace with.