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There are probably many approaches to that situation and likely no quick fix. I might start by investigating what, specifically, my child is avoiding by skipping school and what, specifically, he or she is doing instead. That information would likely guide me to what to do next.
I agree that getting specific on what's going on is a great 1st step. Also, quickly determining how long my child has been skipping and what steps the school does to partner with me to address the situation.
This is my first time replying, as this issue I've thought often about for when my kid gets old enough to figure out how to skip school. I already know why she'll be skipping school: she's bored. I was.
These are my plans, so take/modify at will.
Plan 1: Get one of those Tile things and put it in their backpack/purse. Then if you "lose" your kid, booyah! the internet/iPhones can help find them. <link: https://www.thetileapp.com/> I've already emailed them and chatted with them about this use for the Tile. It's not a "traditional" use of it... more of an off-label use. Look into the FAQ/email with them before you go this route.
Plan 2: use the Metro Pass and/or a phone tracking app <link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phone-tracker-for-iphones/id447442214?mt=8> to find them. With Metro Pass, my understanding is you can call Metro and tell them your underage child has a bus pass and you need help finding them. It might take a bit, but they can tell you the last time they used the pass. As a parent, the intersection might be easy to figure out where your kid might likely be (skateboard park, mall, etc).
Anyways, once I figure out where my kid is, I'm just going to show up at that location and over-embarass her. Like if she's at a sidewalk cafe, I'll honk and wave and yell about getting me a Latte. Or, if she's at the Mall, find her and see if she wants to go get matching navel rings... If she's making out, then come up and ask if the beans she ate last night are "giving her the farts". LOL!
Basically, embarassment factor works pretty good with my kid now, so should be infinitely more entertaining for me later.
As an adult, I've been to therapy for years over crap my mother did to me. It might as well be _good stuff_ she's having to discuss with her therapist.
Sidenote: we are planning on using Paintball Pellets when we bust her making out at home. Whoever she's making out with will have to explain to their own folks why they are covered in paint - or showing up at home without a shirt (because it's in the trash covered in paint).