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Old 01-25-2012, 08:52 AM
 
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My challenging dear daughter has always had a host of issues, school being one of them. Grades, behavior, etc. Elementary school was not fun for her--I got to know her teachers very well and it was not a good experience. My daughter had a rough start in life (international adoption) so we've had a host of issues.

Middle school started off well with her making a resolution to have a fresh start. Unfortunately, she has fallen into the same patterns of behavior. Her Middle School has a no tolerance policy and very quick to enforce things, whether it be anti bullying or just addressing kids acting up. She already had her first detention for a gym incident. Just this week, she was assigned a teacher mentor and put into a formal program where they meet once a week, have monthy get togethers with the other kids, etc. It seems to be quite an involved process and I'm glad that we have this additional resource at our fingertips.

My daughter is also seeing a therapist recommended by the school. I think this gal is going to be great for my daughter. She has been in therapy before but I wasn't that pleased with her therapist. This one seems very good and has experience with adoption issues on top of everything. The school actually found her for us and researched people that accepted our insurance. Pretty great in my eyes. I can't say enough good things about the schools in our area.

Has anyone here had their kids "mentored" by a teacher in school and how did this work out? The letter we got came as a bit of a surprise but I'm glad this resource exists. My heart is breaking a bit in that she has been identified as a problem kid but we are doing everything possible to help her in these earlier years.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:22 AM
 
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Sounds like your school is focused on getting kids to succeed. I would be thrilled with this level of involvement. We have a mentor program at hour high school but it is for helping kids research colleges and potential careers, which I think is the best class ever, but not the same thing you have.

Having older kids I would say that I can see where a program like your DD is now in would be very successful for most kids. Often it just takes the active interest of an adult that is not their parent to get them started down the right path, even if what the mentor says is exactly what you have told her over and over, you are a parent, in a teen mind you are stupid . Get used to it because it doesn't change until she has kids of her own.

Good luck to your DD.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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It sounds like a good program. I don't have any personal experience with a mentor outside of the college setting, but that was a very positive experience for me. It sounds like this program is something a lot of kids could benefit from.
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