This morning my middle child – a senior in high school – broke down in the car before school. She’s stressed, overwhelmed and basically scared of the unknown after high school. Her entire educational career she has literally been a straight A student. I don’t think she has *ever* brought home a grade lower than a 92 on a report card. Tears streaming down her face, she says she just wants to fail school. She is stressed over everything — all the projects for school, college applications, financial aid processes, the seeming permanence of having to choose a career path.
2012 is working out to be extremely challenging and life-altering. There is so much going on and each and every thing represents major life changes and hard decisions. It’s almost too much to take, but there’s no out this time. They all have to be dealt with — and soon. I’m caught in a whirlwind of uncertainty. My sole source of income is withering to its death. I need to find a way to finish school and/or find a new source of income that comes close to what I’m losing. The kids’ father has been dealing with a work injury