Mom Forces 'Injured' Daughter to Attend Classes Despite Physical Trauma

Gillian Sisley

What’s more important, a child’s comfort or grades?

Education is an incredibly important component of a person’s childhood. Not only that, but every child deserves access to an education—this is not only a privilege, but it is absolutely a right.

With that said, there are many reasons why someone may not perform well academically. Science shows that children may have trouble performing in school if there is trouble at home, they’re not sleeping well, or they struggle with some sort of neurodivergent diagnosis.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a teenager is struggling in school, and when she talks to her mother about the pain she’s experiencing, the mother just thinks it’s an excuse.

What’s more important, a child’s comfort or grades?

An online post published on October 1, reported on by Ashley Gale from Newsweek, has gone viral with an impressive 20,700 upvotes and 5,000 upvotes.

The author begins her post by explaining that her 16-year-old daughter was in a car accident a few months ago. She was taken to the hospital for some minor injuries, but after a few days of observation she was released. With that said, her daughter has still been ‘complaining about pain’.

After these complaints, she took her daughter to their doctor, who couldn’t find anything wrong with her. The doctor said it was ‘probably just a trauma response’ and that she would be ‘fine’. Since then, the daughter has stopped complaining about her pain.

But just recently, the author received an email from her daughter’s teacher, stating that the teen has been ‘constantly despondent in class’, laying her head down and not participating. The author says that she was ‘already seeing red’, but when she checked in on her daughter’s grades, she discovered that the teen had handed in several assignments late and lost points, which is ‘not on par with her typical performance’.

Is all pain visible, or is plenty of it invisible?

The author confronted her daughter about the situation, and she states that the teen was ‘quiet at first’, but when the author pushed more on the subject, her daughter started talking about her pain again.

But rather than giving sympathy, the mother simply said that she thinks these are ‘excuses’, since the teen ‘hasn’t said a peep’ about her pain in months. The two started to argue, at which point the author told her daughter that ‘her grades matter more than her pain’. She adds that her daughter is in junior year, and so it’s no time to be ‘slacking’.

What do you think? Is the daughter just making excuses for why her grades are slipping, and she’s using her car accident as a way to get sympathy? Or is the author simply not being a good mother and listening to her daughter, who seems to be experiencing lasting physical trauma from the car accident?

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