Dear Dr. G.,
I am embarrassed to be writing to you because I am a psychiatrist but hey we all have problems,right? Last year, toward the end of her sophomore year in high school, my teen daughter would not want to go to school if her homework wasn't completed. I wasn't sure what to do and not wanting to increase her stress level I sometimes let her stay home. I really never quite understood what was going on and why she wasn't getting her work done. She has always been such a good student. She did manage to pull things together by the end of the year and did well on finals and got good grades. Nonetheless, I am afraid of a repeat performance this year. I do not want to have my daughter be frustrated and upset to the point that she doesn't want to go to school.
I tried to find out why she wasn't getting her homework done but really wasn't able to nail things down. Any suggestions or thoughts,Dr. G.?
A Psychiatrist & A Mother
First,let me say that as mental health professionals we are not immune to having problems and dilemmas in our own lives. People often think that we are mind readers but we are not,right? And when things get emotional in our homes we are mothers first and mental health professionals later. So, you are in good and plentiful company among mental health professionals who have all kinds of struggles in their lives and with their teens.