5LittleMonkeys Posted September 4, 2012 Share Posted September 4, 2012 If you knew someone..an acquaintance, not a close friend, that continually talked about how hard homeschooling is for her, that she can't find a good schedule, that her curricula isn't working, asking you and many others advice on how to fix things, but you KNEW that the problem was her inability to control her child, would you be honest with her? It has been mentioned a few times by others that the problem might be with behavior, but I think she is embarrassed and so continually makes excuses for the behavior and for her inability to parent effectively. Those that mentioned it did so in an off hand way and didn't sit down with her in a "I really want to help you" way. I feel so bad for her because she wastes so much time and effort on schedules, rearranging curricula, switching curricula, increasing the workload, decreasing the workload, switching methods....all for nothing because she won't focus on the real issue. The last time she brought it up she was almost in tears she was so frustrated. I also feel badly for her dc because they are NOT getting the education they should be getting at home. If it matters, I will be teaching one of her dc, the one she has the most problems with, in a classroom setting soon and for an extended period of time. I KNOW I will have to discipline him and keep him on a "short leash" so to speak. So, would you try to gently but firmly tell her that she needs to focus on learning how to parent more effectively and get her dc under control or would you just keep your mouth shut and let her continue wasting time, energy and money going around in circles? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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