My son was an honor student up until 7th grade,the most important year for getting into a good high school. We live in New York City which is extremely competitive for good schools. He squeaked by with an 85 in seventh grade, thanks to my working with him so much on reviewing for tests, etc.
Now he's in eighth grade and the first 3 months are crucial because these grades go to h.s.
I just went on line and saw that he has already failed a couple of tests and has not handed in some homeworks. I really lost it, yelling at him (which I always feel bad about but can't seem to help myself).Last year his teachers were complaining that he was distracted and unfocused and not working to his potential.
I've shut down the x box for two weeks and banned his favorite tv show tonight, but I doubt if this will help and I know my yelling at him is useless. Any advice would be greatly appreciated during this extremely stressful time.