Oh lord the DRAMA. middle schooler is home “sick” with stomach aches, etc. Since it is the beginning of this 3 year odyssey I let him stay home, and we just spent 45 minutes organizing his subjects and going through notebooks. He (like his mother) gets totally overwhelmed with big projects and his brain just goes kablooey. So I showed him how I break up projects into manageable tasks and map them out on a calendar with the due date highlighted, etc.
We are super hands-off about homework; if you’re capbable of doing it on your own, you do. And if you don’t, it’s not my problem. It’s yours. We don’t deal with teachers about homework, our kids do. We don’t stand over them each night saying, “Did you do math? What about science?” We have assessed that they’re capable of being responsible, so we expect it of them.
This is different. He is clearly not getting the skills at school he needs to help him learn how to organize himself, so this is something I can help with at home. We’ll see how it goes. That, and deep breathing. Or margaritas. Whatever 😉