Our expert says:
We know you're not a lousy mother. All kids can be oppositional at times, and in Ne's case, it's an easy routwe for her to take ( however difficult it is for you !) and being "good" in the way you expect is harder for her. As you know, aspects of daily life that are easy for the rest of us, are more complex and difficult for her.
You've been in this sort of downhearted state before, and have also had highs when she has done better than expected, and you have felt proud and happy. That's how it goes. Its good that the support group meeting is turning up at about the right time.
Having been in a similar situation myself, I know how unsatisfying the empty praise from others feels, and how, however gladly you do what is neded, there are times when you reach the end of your tether. But believe me, if and when one is no longer so deeply needed, it feels even worse.
Maybe its wise to discuss these issues with the school, so you and they can have a more co-ordinated approach in situations like this.
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