Here are some ways she might be able to catch up:
• Know what’s missing. Your teen needs to know exactly what assignments she is missing. Ask her to write down the assignments she thinks she’s missing. Then have her go over the list with the teacher.
• Set daily goals. Now have your teen break the list down into a daily set of responsibilities. Some teens may need to divide the list into even smaller segments—perhaps things that can be done before school, after school and after dinner.
• Stick to the schedule. This is the most important step. Your teen needs to take the responsibility of doing everything on the list for that day. Otherwise, she won’t be able to catch up.
• Avoid a repeat. Once the pressure is off, talk with your teen about how she could avoid a repeat of the same problem. Don’t nag—but do stress how the problem could have been avoided.
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