Alternative education for a 16 yr old daughter returning home from therapeutic boarding school with 18 year old sister still at home Yikes.

My 16 year old daughter has been away at a therapeutic boarding school for the last 14 months. She's made huge strides and will be coming home within the next few weeks. My two concerns are:
Her older sister who is 18 and still living at home (she deferred from college for a year and is taking an EMT class and working). She's extremely self centered and focused and only cares about herself and her new boyfriend of 5 months. She herself should've gone to a therapeutic boarding school when she was 16 (anxious, insecure, started dabbling in drugs, no real friends, etc) but her father and I couldn't pull the trigger....biggest regret of my parenting career. Anyhow, I'm very worried about the 16 year old coming home and seeing some of her sister's behavior etc.
The other concern I have is that I don't really have a game plan for the 16 yr old coming home. I'm certainly working on it; but going to the public high school is not a good option for her. She recognizes the unhealthy friendships she had while there. I tried getting her into a parochial school; but because of her grades (just a 2.3/4.0 GPA) the school wasn't interested. Her father and I are going to talk to the school district about possible online learning, but I'm at a loss. I'll need to keep her very busy which makes me think I'm going to have to quit my job.
Any thoughts on any of this anyone?!

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pickles1972's picture
Jan 24, 2012

Sounds like an uphill battle. Have you tried to look for home schooling support groups in your area. I've heard they are helpful in getting you set up and continually running fuctionally, just a thought. I seriuosly wish you the best of luck!


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