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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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the plight of the homework avoider

it's not just laziness

Here's the Problem

I was at the gym the other day talking to a group of parents while waiting for our spin class to begin. I asked them, “What hot-button issue are you having with your teens?” With resounding unanimity and gusto, they said, “HOMEWORK.” Some things never change. Homework avoidance has been an issue between parents and kids since homework was invented. Truly, doing something that isn't fun isn't fun!

Back when those teens were in elementary school, they loved doing homework. Homework was fun. It makes a kid feel a little grown up. It was usually project-oriented and gave ...

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