My 5th grader brought home his report card and his grades dropped from mostly A's and 2 B's to all B's and even a C! I was very disappointed, sad, angry, at a loss. I lecture him about the importance of learning and doing good. His father does the same. He KNOWS how we feel about education. I know he can do better but feared that he just doesn't care that much and that's why his grades dropped. I ask him why he doesn't care and he doesn't know what to tell me. With the first sign of dropping grades, I would give him a consequence, usually grounding him for a week. That didn't work. Then I would ground him even longer (sometimes a month!) still doesn't work. The big blow is the day he brought his report card home and it was all B's and a C. He has never gotten a C before. I was at a loss. What could I possibly do to envoke a passion for learning in him? What punishment can I give now since I have tried everything before? I can't ground him because that doesn't work anymore. I just talked to his teacher and she also said it's an I-don't-care issue. I am hurt, sad, angry that he wouldn't listen to me when I tell him how important school is. Honestly, I want to spank him so bad. But I know that's frustration on my part that needs to be released. What do I do? How do I fix " I don't care"?
As the teacher said, the work will just get harder through the years and in the 7th grade he will sink or swim. You either learn good study habits now or you WILL sink. So far, my son is on the path to fail.