(sorry this is long, I really need to vent)
ok.. I need some advice here. I have a 15 year old son. He is a sophmore in high school. He has always had problems grade wise. I use to blame it on the fact that when he was in grade school, I was a single mom working two jobs and I wasnt able to be there to teach him good study habits. He also had a speech problem that slowed him down. (therapy corrected this) I no longer think these are the reasons.
He is really struggling this year. He is behind on credits, he is constantly late for his classes. I have been going round and round with the pricipal about all this. I think the school has labled him as lazy but I think he has a learning disability. I have been after the school to test him and I am getting no where!
The school keeps sending me these letters saying he is in trouble for this or that and when I call to follow up the principal tells me it was a mistake and he is in no trouble.
My son is very upset because I keep grounding him for his grades but he says he is really trying. He has been going to the homework center and turning in his assignments but fails the tests. I feel bad grounding him now, what if he really is trying his best? I think he ready to give up and his tardies are because he hates going to class.
I can not afford tutoring and I have to depend on the school for the help. I myself am feeling like I am at wits end. I dont know what to do anymore. I dont want him to drop out but this has to be killing his self esteem. Im afraid it wont be long until he starts to cut classes.
How on earth does a mother stay strong and help her kid stay strong? What support can I give him? Has anyone else had these problems? If so, how did you deal with them?
Thank you for listening...