My son used to be the ideal son, student, friend and player. But the age 10, he wears his emotions on his sleeve. He is doing poorly in school, he is on the verge of failing 4th grade and I feel like I am talking to Danny Zuko in Grease. He used to soak up school and get his homework done and now its 10 every night! He's gets in trouble for talking in class, the teacher feels like he can do it but doesn't because he does not care. He says he does but these things are still happening. He has lost all his privileges, we've given them back, taken away. The only thing we haven't taken away is his sports. He is extremely good at them and felt is was the last thing he had for self esteem. He can't play in a game or practice if his homework isn't finished.
The problem is his classwork too. He does it and doesn't turn it in or just doesn't do it. When I ask him why he says because he didn't want to. OMG- he says this a lot "because he doesn't want to." I think part of my problem is I don't know boys and I have no idea if this is normal for his age. He will pass 4th grade but barely. Please help enlighten me.