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14 Nov 2006

Help with daughter
Doc, wonder if you might have some suggestions. I have a beautiful 10 year old daughter, which had the last months stop studying. More and more I stumble on notes where she has not done any homework. We have tried talking to her, threathening and even taken away her pocket money, stopped friends visiting and just about anything we can think off. Again this morning I tired looking for her celphone which she lost (again) and stumbled on a letter from school where she did not complete yet another assignment! What should I do. I am about to strangle her! I am not even joking I will strangle her the way I feel right now. I simply dropped her at school and decided that i will not talk to her until she has decided what she wants. What can I do?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Take her to see a good local child psychiatrist or child psychologist for a proper, full assessment, to get a clear idea of what is going on, and what best to do about it. I understand that you are finding this situation very frustrating, but youre not handling it in a way that is useful to her or to you. She probably can't tell you what she wants, becaus eshe may not know what she wants. get proper expert help for her. She is, clearly, communicating that she is distressed and not coping.
And incidentally, I also agree that 10-year-olds do NOT need cellphones. Good responses all round !
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