I have been raising my niece for 3 years. She has struggled at school because of the neglect she received from her parents. Now that I have custody and her mom and dad are out of the picture, she has a low self-esteem and feels she has no friends at school. She is about to be labeled as a child with behavioral problems and I think I should home school her before it gets too far. I am worried that she already doesn't want to be around any of the kids at school and if I home school her she will become even more isolated. Any advice?
Reply from Diane:
You certainly have reason for concern. I cannot really give you advice regarding behavioral problems, but I can say there is no need for you to worry about her being isolated. Just because you're taking her out of the public school, does not mean she can't have time with her peers. You obviously care about your niece and want to do what is right for her, and it sounds like a healthy relationship with her peers is one of your top priorities. That is easily solved once you involve her in other activities like Girl Scouts, 4-H, AWANA, trips to the library, etc. Get involved with other homeschoolers in your area. Once you get acquainted with other homeschooling families, you will learn of other opportunities in your area that she may like to become involved with. Give it time. It may take a while to warm up to that certain family that you both can relate to. There are many of us homeschoolers out there, someone will take you under their wing and give you plenty of advice. Start with your librarian and go from there. Don't give up! Enjoy your time together and each new day.
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