The history thread here, made me think about my son. He is going into his junior year in high school. He is in an IB (International Baccalaureate) program. He is very intelligent, but is a B/C student. He took AP US History last year as a sophomore and got a C as his overall grade for the class. A few weeks ago, we got the score on his AP history exam and he got a 5. (That’s the highest score you can receive on the test, which only about 10% of students that take the test, including juniors and seniors, get). He has historically always been a good test taker, especially standardized tests. Where he falls down, is completing and turning in homework assignments. He is a huge procastinator. He normally will do the bare minimum as required on projects and assignments.
My biggest challenge as a parent has been trying to find ways for him to motivate himself. His long range goal setting is only about 2-3 months out, and normally involves the next new release on some PS3 game he wants. He’s moderately involved in extra-cirricular activities, but not overly so.
He seems clueless as to even beginning to think about what colleges he might be interested in applying to. This is the year that he needs to start thinking about that, and for us to start planning visits, etc.
I have told him that he’s responsible for his actions and that regardless I will always love him, but it is disappointing to see him sqander various opportunities that he has in front of him.
It’s frustrating to see all of the potential that he has and him not make good use of it. What successful experiences have any of you had in getting your kids to become self motivated?