Our family is at a crossroads with the oldest-my DD who will be in 5th grade. We recently found out that while in CA at her Gparents this summer, she bad mouthed me quite a bit to them-in a way that made them think she wasn't being taken care of. This isn't the only trouble we have-she is very very unkind to her brother (and I mean VERY), disrespectful to me, lies and is incredibly negative-so much so that it's affects things we try to do as a family. Sprinkle some manipulation in there too. The kid has a heart of gold for animals and small children tho.
I do realize this is a heart/character issue. I realize that it has to be dealt with (although, I'm not sure how to proceed). However, we are unsure if keeping her home to school is the best thing at this point. This problem isn't going to change overnight. And that means it has the potenital to keep adding strain to our days. I'll be honest-doing school with her is almost unbearable some days.
My heart says keeping her home and fixing this can be done. My head says it's better for the health of our family for her to go to school (it would be a private Christian school) and diligently work on the issue. My DH is heavily leaning towards her being sent to school.
I love homeschooling and I LOVE being with my kids. But, I have to be a mom to my son and a wife to my husband-how can I be the best at these things when my emotional and mental being is drained by one child?