Q: What canI do about a 7 yr old who has meltdowns when it is time to do her schoolwork or her chores? She is homeschooled and it has become a battle to do school every day and to get her chorses done. Sending her to public school to be around other kids is not an option with her health problems. We have tried everything we can think of and NOTHING works???
A: Dear Cpkchic:
It must be quite a challenge to meet the needs of a child who cannot go to public school due to health problems, and I wonder if these challenges are piling up for you and your daughter into a roadblock that requires some additional help. The ordinary joy that a seven year old takes in homelife, in learning, and in social activities seems to be missing right now, and I am not able to understand enough here to give you suggestions how to put things back on the right track. My best advice is for you to ask your daughter's pediatrician or your family doctor for a referral to a mental health professional who can work with you to identify what the underlying problems are and how you can fix them. I believe that your battles with your daughter can be resolved for the better, but it will take some discussion and planning to achieve this.
I wish you and your family the best of luck!
Elizabeth Berger MD Child Psychiatrist and author of "Raising Kids with Character"