My first post here, hope you can help . My eldest is academically bright, capable at a lot of things but not extraordinarily talented at anything - a lot like me! I know I failed to do pretty much everything well at her age and I am so desperate that she doesn't underachieve like I did. With GCSE results starting to come in for some subjects, she is not getting top grades. I know she is unhappy with these results but is it just because she knows I expect better? She is also supposed to be sorting a work ex placement for November but is resisting trying to get in major organisations, openly preferring an easy option like local tea rooms. The trouble is, she gets so moody and helpless and gives up when she gets challenged. How can I be sure she doesn't regret thing the way I do? Push or back off? Thanks
Thanks maat, she had expressed an interest in journalism when she was at primary school. Seems to have gone off it now but nothing else has sparked her interest so she is reluctantly sticking with journalism/media for want of any other ideas. I really agree that having your own goals will help a teen, but she really doesn't have them.