anyone hsing an only child or start in H.S.?
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|Sun, 08-25-2013 - 11:27am|
I have been tossing around the idea of allowing my 15 yo dd to attend cyberschool for a few years now. First off, the schools in our area are much less than desirable. Horrible scores on everything, lots of drugs, gangs, etc.... They are opening a new STEM school, an my dd will be attending that. It is supposed to be a great school once they work all the kinks out, and it is much smaller than the current high school. However, my daughter hates science, and that's what this is based on. She basically is only attending this to get out of the awful regular H.S. My dd is a truly fantastic, kind hearted, well behaved, play by the rules kind of teen, and I hope she stays that way. However, in H.S., this can be detrimental socially, and that seems to be what is happening to her. She is 100% against any kind of smoking, drinking, and sex (thank God!). I could not be happier about this, but she is slowly becoming socially isolated, because it seems everyone has fallen headfirst into all of these activities. She is not into sports, so that cannot be her saving grace. Last year, I was starting to see her become more and more unhappy and less confident. I just don't see why she should be in a situation where her confidence is taking a nosedive just because she's not fitting in with the average (unfortunately) teen behavior. It doesn't seem like you can be friends with someone who does these things if you don't these days.
However, my concerns are that first off, she is an only child. She is very family oriented, and actually quite a homebody, so I don't think she would mind being home during the day. BUT, I don't want her to become completely isolated socially. We are in a tiny town that doesn't offer many opportunities for homeschooled or cyberschooled kids. Yet, she is at an age where she can soon work almost anywhere, so I am figuring that can be a big part of her social network. Has anyone else started this in H.S.? How about with an only child? Any experiences would be great!