Dylan has C’s in two classes. There are only two weeks left in the quarter, and he said he was “trying” to get straight A’s.

He constantly insists it’s getting better – but he’s doing the exact same things, with the exact same results. He still doesn’t think it’s a problem.

As always, Dylan is scrambling to “find” all of his missing work. As usual, his assignment grades read something like this: A, A, A, Z, A, E, E, A, B, Z, A, Z, A, A, Z.

The “Z” means “missing” and the “E” (almost always) means “didn’t find it in time.” (Sometimes “E” means “didn’t bother to study.”)

Although there are now consequences for C’s, I am saying almost nothing about it. But here is what I want to say….

Dylan, you don’t need to put yourself through this. You don’t need to consistently dig yourself into a hole, just so you can dig yourself out. All you have to do is turn in your work on the day it is due! Just turn it in THAT DAY and you will have amazing grades!

You know HOW to do it. It’s three easy steps!

  1. Talk to your teacher. Ask every day, “What was due today?”
  2. Then TURN IT IN. (This step is essential.)
  3. If it’s not done, finish it at home and TURN IT IN the next day.

It IS that simple!

If you turn everything in on the day it’s due, there will be no more failing grades. No more work to “make up.” No more digging around in your backpack, trying to find it. No more doing the same assignment twice. No more trying to figure out what you did with it. Just turn it in NOW.

KNOW the word “NOW.” Really, really understand that “NOW” means “RIGHT THIS SECOND.” 

Take it one class at a time, Son. Talk to your teacher right after class. Do it every day. Do it every day NO MATTER WHAT. Talk to your teacher even if you are in a hurry, even if you have to use the restroom, even if someone is trying to talk to you, even if you got a text during class. Talk to your teacher EVERY DAY. Just walk up after class and say those four simple words: “What was due today?”

Then pull out the work, and hand it to your teacher. And that’s it! You will never, ever have a Z again!

But I’ve said this all before – ad infinitum, ad nauseum – and he will never, ever change his behavior just because I asked him to change it.

He will only ever do anything when he discovers that HE CAN DO IT – and when he thinks it’s worth it to make his work a priority.

I just don’t know when that day will ever come.

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