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Guest blogger Sarah:No matter WHAT I do, my son (age 11) always forgets his homework from school. This happens at least twice a week. I have tried talking to his teacher about it, but she says at his age, he should be responsible enough to remember to put his homework in his backpack. She doesn't have much sympathy for our situation.

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When he forgets the homework, I am left scrambling -- calling other moms of students in the class to see if they can read me the assignment over the phone. And even when my son remembers to bring the assignment home, he often forgets his school books -- so we have nothing to reference. It is beyond frustrating.

I have tried rewarding him when he remembers his homework and punishing him when he forgets, but nothing has worked. This has been a problem on and off for years, but has gotten worse since he hit fifth grade.

I don't want my kid to get bad grades, but I do want him to feel the ramifications of his behavior.

Moms, what would YOU do if you were in my shoes? How would you help your forgetful child remember his homework?


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Jay February 11, 2011, 9:05 AM

We have a fourth grader who has always had the same problem. It is frustrating, though he’s squirrly, he’s not at all a kid who is rude or misbehaves, and, more, he understands the material and has a good attitude. It’s just that when it comes time to unpack in the morning or pack up in the afternoon he’s just too distracted to remember to hand things in or pack his bag properly. For us, handing stuff in is the biggest problem. He does the work! But his teachers believe that if he doesn’t remember to hand in work without being reminded, then he deserves the poor marks. When did it become acceptable teaching theory to let kids do poorly when some kids are just forgetful? We’ve done everything we can at home, but, as others have said, the teachers are unsympathetic. I think part of the problem is that teachers aren’t taught to teach little boys.

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Nikkita February 11, 2011, 11:59 PM

My 9 year old is the same way he just seems to be unmotivated. He likes school, but i tell him daily to write the assignments down and he doesnt do it . I ask about homework and he only tells me half of it fromhis memory but of course he didnt bring the book home. He starts work in class but then doesnt finish it and just doesnt worry about it ! The give him worksheets and he just shoves them in a desk and no matter how amny times we tell him it;s like he just doesnt get it ! Now he is in private school so they let him do missed assignments but it’s like an everyday thing ! But how can youlet a child sink with grades when failing has no significance to him ! Kids dont care if they fail a grade ! We have taken away privaleges but he finds amusement in something else whether it be drawing or reading anything . he cries about not being able to watch cartoons but then after awhile he just gets over it ! it like nothing phases him even the threat or actual spanking ! UGH !!

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