Need Advice or Encouragement From Moms With Troubled Teens
Anyone on here have a wayward teen who is falling through the cracks at school, and struggling at home as well? We are a split family, and I recently had to send my daughter to live with her dad because of some pretty serious behavior issues. (800 miles away) It is heartreaking, she completely flipped a switch over the last year. I've been through the gamut of counseling, support groups for her, school counselors, etc. I feel like I've exhausted all of my attempts to help her and motivate her to care for herself and take initiative in her life. She used to respond normally to consequences, and positive reinforcement, and was a normal kid with normal issues. Now, she could care less about anything. When I try to be positive with her, she takes advantage of me, and lies about almost everything.
I feel like I'm at a crossroads, and at some point I just have to let her fall flat and figure things out on her own. However, she's not yet even 15, and I'm cotemplating on sending her to military school. She has run away from home more than once, and has become impossible to help or direct. I'm trying not to use the word control, because I do not wish to control her. However, I fear that if we don't do something drastic right now, it might be too late.