My 12 year old daughter has always been an A-B student and behaves very well in school. However, this year is her 1st year in middle school and she is doing TERRIBLE! Her grades have gone downhill. She does not act depressed, just wants to "get by" in school I guess. She is very forgetful. She forgets to turn in assignments, forgets to bring her band instrument home, won't meet her AR reading goal, and so on. I have tried punishing her, talking with teachers, alone and with her present. She does better for a while, but pretty soon I have a teacher calling me about something! There are no behavior issues at school-they tell me she is perfectly behaved, never disruptive, I guess just careless and forgetful?? Any advice?Answer Question
Answer by luckysevenwow at 4:09 PM on Jan. 6, 2009
Answer by luckysevenwow at 4:12 PM on Jan. 6, 2009
The first thing I'd do is take her to her pediatrician for a checkup to make sure there are no underlying health issues such as a hormone imbalance, diabetes, etc.Â Help her organize her school stuff.Â Organizing is the 1st step to completing homework, studying for a test, remembering what to bring from school to home and from home to school.Â Help her keep her backpack, binder, and other schoolwork neat and organized.Â Then, do your homework.Â Check on her homework, help when you can, and communicate to her that homework is her most important activity after school.Â I can't say enough about organization.Â This same syndrome can hit at high school and college, too.Â There are many good books on the market that cover this.Â I'd suggest reading any of Tom Zirpoli's stuff, but one that's pretty cheap is "Cures for Parental Wimp Syndrome."Â He has practical advice that covers this.
Answer by cylicious at 11:02 AM on Jan. 7, 2009
Answer by kimitzoe at 4:36 PM on Jan. 7, 2009
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