This week so far she has missed three days. We went ahead and took her to the doctor's on Tuesday, where she was diagnosed with a bacterial stomach infection. She has been on an antibiotic since Tuesday night. While she was at the docs, the doctor told her that she needed to still go to school even though her stomach is giving her issues. Basically difficult child has been feeling nauseous but not throwing up. I also had a talk with her and told her that she needs to toughen up and go to school regardless. She has finally reached the point that she needs dr.'s notes to clear all her absences at school because she has missed so many days. We do have a doctor note for Tuesday only. She refused to go to school yesterday and today. My mom made her a deal this morning that she would let difficult child stay home for a couple of hours in the morning (the nausea usually gets better during the day) and she would pick her up to take her to school around ten a.m. difficult child agreed. I know that difficult child is exaggerating her symptoms, because I stayed home sick yesterday due to a sore throat and cough, and difficult child was home as well. She felt absolutely fine throughout the day. She ate an egg mcmuffin from Mcdonald's in the morning, and she even wanted to talk me into getting her another one. So her stomach isn't that bad. Later this morning, when my mom called her to get her up for school, she told my mom there was no way she was gonna make it there. She felt too sick. Same routine as yesterday. So this is her third day of missing school this week. Two of the absences are going to have to remain unexcused, because the dr. note we have only clears one day this week. I don't know what to do with her anymore. The next step is being put on an attendance contract by the school, which her case carrier has already threatened us with. The next step after that, if she misses any more days, is being taken to truancy court. Worse case scenerio is I could go to jail over her non attendance. Her dad would also have more ammunition against me to take custody of both kids. Yes, he is still filling ideas in the kids' heads, every time they go over there for a visit. Telling them that soon they will both be living with him, even though they have both vehemently told him they do NOT want to live with him and the evil stepmonster. I don't know what to do to motivate difficult child to get to school. How do you get a fourteen year old big kid to go to school when she refuses?