I need some help
Hello Jademk, may be this girl has left the group simply because her 'friends' have been dominating the group and now she wants no part of it anymore, and this could be a reason why it was starting to be difficult to retain a friendship with her.
We can't stop what our friends say about us, it's a matter of being strong enough to prove them wrong, if you want to go down that path, or just ignore them, actions are stronger than words.
If your dad has high expectations, then enough won't be enough, he might want you to do more, even though you've tried your hardest,and by him doing this doesn't allow you to open your own mind and succeed the way you want to.
Your friends may help and encourage you not to worry, but as soon as your dad knows, then everything is thrown out the window, unfortunately.
May be you could ask your dad to just wait until the end of the year before he judges you because it may be causing too much pressure on you.
Parents are always concerned about how their kids are going, but you can only do as best as you are able to, so you can't become a neurologist if you have no interest in achieving this, you need to do what you want to become, because one day you will need to support yourself and any family you have, and your father will have no say in this.
If your friends can help you now, once your father has postponed his judgement, then they may be more of a benefit to you.
You can also contact Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 by phone, web chat or online as well, but hope you can still get back to us.
Your friend group is not 'assigned' and if you feel your needs are no longer met, I would encourage you to associate with those whom you feel provide the support you require.
Find those you feel comfortable with and dismiss the negative influences in your life - you can be the beacon to higher standards of conduct.
You do not need to tolerate abuse just to belong.
Sorry about your dad as he only sees value in the results. Learning leads to understanding which is hard to quantify with a number.
Thank you so much for your openness in your post, and I'm sorry to hear what you're going through.
It's unfortunate that you and your friends have been the target of rumours, gossip, and bullying. In my experience, if you and your friends weren't the subject of their awful behaviours, there would always be somebody else. You'll find that quite often, these people believe that talking about others in that manner will help them bond or fit in with each other. In reality, this animosity can be very destructive, and these "friendships" will disintegrate eventually as there's nothing deeper that connects these people with one another.
My best advice would be to stay out of the situation entirely, if you can. If you and your friends begin sitting somewhere else, the people who are talking badly about you will direct their hatred elsewhere. If you begin to ignore them and not pay them the attention they seek, they should move on fairly quickly.
I'm sorry to hear about the way your father responds to your experiences. As easy as it would be for me to say that your opinion and approval is the only one that should matter to you, I know how hard it can be to feel like you aren't meeting your parents' expectations. I understand how much parents' approval can mean to us. It can be so validating to hear that you've made them proud. If you would feel comfortable doing so, you could always have a chat to your dad about your feelings in regards to his expectations. You may be able to help him understand how his words affect you and how he can best support you in your learning journey.
You could always have a chat to a GP, counsellor, therapist, or psychologist if you're seeking further advice. They may be able to offer you some valuable tips from a professional standpoint.
Please let us know how you're going, we're here to support you.
All the best, SB
"I felt stupid and now my dad is being really awkward to me and I'm really scared...."
Sorry to eavesdrop on your comment to Geoff, but could you elaborate on 'awkward' and what you might be scared of with your dad?
I hope you feel safe and can be open about how you are feeling even if parents don't always understand.
Hello Jademk, and tranzcrybe you aren't eavesdropping at all, so please don't worry.
I understand the worry you have with your parents finding out what was said, so there are a couple of ways to overcome this, change your username to something else or perhaps when you contact someone else, you can then keep your comment in a folder they wouldn't expect it to be in, or you can write it down and hide it, or just delete your comment so it's not visible after they have replied back to you.
Another alternative is to change your password so that they can' get onto your pc.