Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Being Parental

As many of you who follow me on Twitter or on Facebook may already know, we are not having a good day around here. Since last year around this time, Carolynn started making some bad decisions. She was hanging out with the wrong kids. She was ditching classes and got Saturday school. Her grades have been falling. She has been late to a lot of classes. She got kicked out of band. When she can’t go near her friends, like Christmas break and Fall break, she is a whole different person. I have been trying to figure out what to do with her for a while. This morning the principal at her school called and gave me little choice. Carolynn did something pretty bad. She wrote a note that was very disparaging toward a certain teacher. The note included this teacher’s death. Carolynn is lucky that the teacher or the school didn’t press charges. The school gave me several options of how to deal with this. Because she hadn’t been in any major trouble before and because she actually has a parent who is involved, the principal was willing to work with us. After looking into several possibilities, I have made the decision to home school her for awhile. That way, I am in control and I make the choices she couldn’t. I am also taking her to a psychologist. Yep, it’s going to be hard and I am going to need some serious help, but I am not letting my child travel down a bad path. I have to do what I think is right here. I think this is right for us.

Carolynn is pretty mad. I have taken her computer privileges. I have taken her phone. I have taken her iPod. I have taken her friends and her school. She is miserable. I am not sure which one of us is being punished more.

So here we go, this should be a new adventure. I have enrolled her in the home school program and am just waiting to hear from them.

Until next time…


  1. I wish you good luck with all of this. I think you are a remarkable parent to inconvenience yourself for the good of your children. Unfortunately we don't see enough of that.

  2. I am only doing what I feel I have to. The world has enough hoodlums, I am not adding another one. I see enough at work.

  3. wow. That's great though that they gave you some options though and are willing to work with you. I wish you the best of luck and pray that things turn around. *hugs to you!*


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