Anyone have any experience with homes for troubled kids? I'm not too keen on the idea, but I find myself looking for info on them.
I have a 13 yr old girl that was sent to us by her father. He got tired of her crap- vandalism, theft, weapons possession at school (2 counts)...
We explained to her that she had the opportunity to turn a leaf, so to speak- a fresh start. Nobody out here knew of her problems back East, save for the family. In the six months that she's been here, we've caught her lying, stealing, smoking, going over to a boys house that she's been told to stay away from. She bullies her younger siblings (my kids), and likes to associate with younger kids.
She has anger management issues that she uses as a crutch. Anytime that she is asked/told to do something (repeatedly), she starts slamming doors and then tries to get out of whatever by saying that she has homework to do (even though she is supposed to do that first). She's being a bad influence on the younger siblings, and that's starting to piss me off.
We've tried the heart to heart approach on a few different occasions that adjusted her attitude for about a day. She claims to have been spanked all the time before coming out here, so those threats don't faze her.
My patience is wearing thin. Aside from some DIYing water boarding for behavioral modification purposes, it is starting to look like she may be better off in a girls home.