Does your school have a homework hot-line or an online listing. Ours does. It tells me if my kids were late to class, if they got in trouble, if they turned in their homework, what grades they got on their tests, how their grades are, and their attitude if necessary. If not get the teacher to sign a daily assignment book. Then make them responsible for the necessary items needed for their homework. If they forget it once make them fess up. Say you forgot it or left it at school didn't you? Then let them know that next time there will be a consequence. Example: no spending that night at a cousins house over the weekend.
As for NannyB did you raise your kids in a prison. I am older then your kids and my parents would have never done that even in the 70's when it was legal.
at 4:39 AM on Jan. 29, 2009