Did I fail as a parent?
I have a 15 year old tenth grade son whom I love dearly. He is a greadt kid who doesn't get into any trouble. He is pleasant, respectful and well liked by everyone. My only concern is that he has no interest in school, and that's the one area that I most want him to excel. His teachers give him chance after chance, and he won't take advantage of the opportunities. He knows that he is failing and still won't do anything, promises he will do better and still will miss assignments. It's like he just doesn't care.
I stay in constant contact with his teachers to keep up with whats going on. I check his homework and help him study for tests when I can. The times that I don't help him is when he "forgets" the materials home. I tell him all the time that I can't go to shool and sit in the classroom with him. He does just enough to get by.
I am beginning to feel like maybe it's my fault. Am I not punishing him enough? What else can I do? I talk to him all the time and tell him how important his education is. I get so upset and cry because I want him to do well. I even told him that I would rather die because then he would do well because he knows thats all I ever wanted. I hate to hear other parents talk about how great their children are doing in school.
Is something wrong with my child? Has anyone else had this experience?