My 12 yr old SD has shown some unusually extreme low self esteem in the last year. She is CONSTANTLY having negative self talk saying she is ugly and not smart and basically thinking that she is worthless. She is failing at school in almost every class, she is always comparing herself to her peers and she thinks she has no talent or skills. Instead of working harder to try to get better grades (which she claims she wants), she just gives after putting forth minimal effort. She only seems happy when she is with her friends or at home relaxing when there is nothing expected of her. The minute she is given a task or confronted about something, she gets irritable and negative. Also, when she's upset at herself she takes it out on her brother and sister, calling them mean names and being just plain cruel. Today BM caught her copying her friends homework and now she is here and my DH is trying to help her with homework and she's just moping around. I don't know what to do to help her, we tried tutoring last year and it did help a little but did not work miracles or anything. The only reason it helped is because she was forced to do homework 3 times a week and had help with every problem. Any experience with this type of thing? Advice?
on Jan. 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM