Aforementioned teenage daughter is going to give me an ulcer.
Daughter is 14. Pretty. Attracts boys like bees to honey. (And, believe it or not, that's not even my main worry.)
Daughter is creative. Her English teachers rave about her writing ability. She was one of 2 students in her middle school last year to score full marks on a nationally graded essay. She's one of a handful of students in the entire high school (and the only freshman) to be ranked "fluent" in writing. Daugther also loves to draw and is especially good with manga. She is also the darling of her art class. The other kids call her Anime.
Daughter is SMART. Was in the gifted program. Scores in the top ten percent nationally on all standardized tests. (The complete battery. Not just one or two sections.)
Daughter just got a 2.7 on her first offical high school report card.
I do NOT know what to do with this child.
She is bright, caring, SO good with her younger siblings. She is sweet and stays out of trouble.
And she is the laziest little !@#$ when it comes to getting her homework done.
We had this problem in middle school, too. It seems that, no matter how much I try to impress upon her that it is HER future she's affecting, she doesn't seem to grasp the concept.
She wants to be a graphic designer when she grows up. And she could do it too.
But at the rate she's going, she'll also have to do it with thousands of dollars in student loans.
And that just sucks.