My 7 year old daughter has started acting out recently. Nothing too major, just out of character for her. Last Friday I got her progress report and saw she had an 'F' and a 'C' - which is very shocking as she's usually an A-B student, if not straight A's. I sent a note to her teacher today and she wrote me a note back saying that she has been acting different at school too. She said she has been round-aboutly not really listening (she said 'putting off doing what she knows she should do'), and that she's been hurrying through her work and/or not finishing it.
I sat down with her today and asked her what is going on. I told her she wasn't in trouble, I just wanted to know what was going on so that I could help her fix her problems. She hesitated, but finally admitted that it was because she's been upset and really missing her dad. (quick backstory - her dad and I just recently divorced and he lives in another state so she doesn't see him much and he only calls about once every two weeks to talk to them... plus he has a new family now and I worry she might feel like she's being replaced?)
So here's my problem. I know what's bothering her now... the whole missing her dad thing.. and I try my best to comfort her and tell her that he loves her and misses her too and that it's ok to miss her dad but that acting this way is not acceptable... but it's not working. Does anyone have any ideas or has anyone else been through anything similar? I know her teacher said that it is very common with kids who have gone through a divorce/separation. If anyone could give me some insight I would really appreciate it.