05-14-2018 02:01 PM
@Alaya that's totally understandable that you're worried about her future - but as you say it sounds like she is making amazing progress, and that you are being incredibly supportive - what a lovely idea to get her the dog.
Does Barry help her to get out of the house for walks? Sometimes dogs can also be helpful to ease "awkwardness" in social situations.
It absolutely doesn't sound like you're whining - it's a slow and challenging journey that you and your daughter are on, but it really does sound like with small steps, your daughter can work towards some bigger goals.
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06-20-2019 03:43 PM
Thank you for sharing that resource @Silentbutterfly! Welcome to the forums!
Hey there @Alaya and welcome back to the forums!
It sounds like you care a lot about your daughter, it is wonderful that she has a wonderful support like you in her life
Some things that can be helpful for driving exams is for the instructor to treat lessons like the exam. My brother took the exam at least five times before he passed. Perhaps it might be helpful for you to find people who can share their own stories about driving exams to help ease her anxiety about the situation? What do you think?
I hope things have been going okay this week, we're here to listen
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06-23-2019 01:25 PM
Hi @Alaya, thanks for sharing that with us. I can tell how creative and resourceful you are as a parent! You have tried a lot of strategies to motivate and encourage your daughter. It seems like you have really done all you can to ensure that your family is well supported. No easy task by any means and quite stressful. What you wrote earlier about 'keep trying, keep pushing, keep hoping' is very valuable. It sounds like you have made progress throughout your efforts. All you can do is be there for her and to support her. Do you think she would use a web chat service or the ReachOut Youth forums? It may be less daunting and confrontational for her as it is anonymous and online. It may help just to let her know that these services are available if she ever wants to use them.
How do your younger daughter and middle daughter get along? It sounds like she has a wide scope of interests which is great. She has many avenues to explore to find her groove and you are very supportive as parents. Would she find practicing small talk helpful? Adolescence often find small talk daunting, so she is definitely not alone. I personally felt that way until I started working then I realised it is not so bad. Of course, anxiety can further complicate this and it is not so simple/easy for some. Throughout all of this, how do you look after yourself? It must be difficult and tiring to bear all of this. Please keep us updated and best of luck