The answer? At the point when you know they’re capable, but aren’t taking responsibility for their behavior. Don’t give them carte blanche over the whole deal. Take one issue at a time; for example, homework.
This dynamic becomes a serious problem in middle school when they have 6 classes every day and homework for those 6 classes every night.
Organizational deficits and problems with time management undermine the student who was very capable in elementary school.
When they are taking a “devil-may-care” attitude toward their responsibilities, it’s time to have a sit down and outline expectations as well as the “swift and severe” consequences if they don’t take their job seriously.
School is the work of children. Every day, they need to “get up, dress up and show up” with a positive attitude and genuine effort which are the requirements of adult life.
Join me for Facebook at Dr. Claudia McCulloch
At drclaudia.net, click on the "Ask Me" button and send me a question.