12/21/17 college…

Beth is starting school in January. She is excited. Last week she went to the college and found her class rooms and went to see what clubs were available. She got her books and some notebooks. I am so excited for her. She is going to take two classes. I said that she needs to join a club. The kids need friends at the campus to get through. It can’t be all classes and homework. Even if they join a study group, at least they would have friends on campus. She isn’t sure what she wants to major in.


11/19/16 getting school books for Maggie…

When Maggie started college this semester, we had some of trouble getting her books. We bought one of Maggie’s books online. That sentence sounds so simple. I guess that if everything we did didn’t come with a story, I wouldn’t have anything to write about. Maggie needed a science book. The teacher told them that they could get it online. On all of the other books Maggie wanted an actual book, but on this one she said that an online one was OK. When she went online I asked Maggie if she was sure that this was the correct book. Remember that now that she is in college, I am not getting any information from the high school teachers. She said that she was not sure. Maggie does have a lot of science due this week and needed the book. Maggie decided to go to class on Tuesday and ask the teacher which book she needed. I said great, but please see if she has office hours that day so if you are still confused after you talk in class you can go to her office and she can pull up the book on her computer and you will know which one we should buy when you get home. 
Maggie comes home and she looks up the book. I asked her if it was the correct book…expecting her to say, yes the teacher confirmed it…but she said…maybe, I should email the teacher. She sent a screen print of the book that she thought was correct to the teacher and started doing math. We had dinner and Maggie did more math. Maggie has homework due this week and has no book and doesn’t know which one to buy and it is getting late. Maybe the teacher didn’t have office hours today so that they couldn’t look up the book. It is so frustrating when they are older and you want to help them, but can only offer suggestions.


5/20/16 passing classes…

Beth is still not sure if she is passing chemistry or English. They have tutoring on Tuesday nights at her school but she does math at tutoring which she is not passing either. She does have ten classes and is passing the others. She is really trying to get good grades, but she is struggling.
 I got a letter from Maggie’s school. Maggie is not passing math and may not graduate. I went to the college earlier than normal to check on her to see if she was doing homework. She was on a Farmville type game, watching a movie and making something on her loom at the same time.  The class that she is failing is the one that she added late. She said that the professor said that he would open up the tests that the class took before she got her signatures so she could take them and the teacher hasn’t done this yet. Maggie can’t pass the class without all of the old assignments opened. She also hasn’t finished her essay for the scholarship that is due this week.
If she doesn’t pass all of her classes she won’t graduate from high school. (she is taking high school and college classes. The college classes will go towards her high school degree and she will have a college transcript when she graduates too) I took away her loom and said that she can’t stay late at school any more. I’m not picking her up late at night so that she can play Farmville and watch movies. I don’t want to be the parent that looks at her e-mail’s all of the time, but I may have to start to see how she is doing in her classes. Maggie is trying too, but she is also struggling.
This has not been an easy year at our house. When Maggie got all of her signatures to straighten out her schedule, we were so happy, now it looks like we are not out of the woods yet. I have started hyperventilating again.
Was your time in high school easy? How did you get through it? How do you wish your parents had helped you?


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