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I wrote Is It Possible to Have an Organized 7th-Grade Boy about a month ago. Since then, my 7th grader and I have worked hard on getting him organized enough to bring his grades up, keep him from losing things and help him feel like he's in control of his school work again. The key is to teach him to organize, not do it for him.
One of his problems before was he'd finish his homework and promptly lose it. A lot of it was crammed in his locker and wasn't making it to class to be handed in on time.
Now, as soon as he finishes his homework, I ask, "Is it in your binder?" It seems so simple, but for disorganized kids, it's HUGE!
This tip is from the book That Crumpled Paper was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and in Life by Ana Homayoun. It's a must-read book for moms of boys who are having trouble getting and staying organized. Not only is it full of practical, truly helpful tips, but it's reassuring and explains why boys in the middle school years have the troubles they do. I read it as a library book, but I'm going to buy a copy. It's the kind of book I know I'll refer to again and again.