Out of desperation. It became clear this evening that it was time to try something new for difficult child 1. He's enrolled in independent study, which means he covers a semester of work in one subject over 4 weeks. In the case of geometry, it's over 9 weeks. So right now he's got overlap of two subjects. Plus he's taking French 1 daily at his home high school, but that's really light on the homework. But tonight, he revealed that he's very far behind in his geometry homework AND he'd forgotten to do an assignment for the language arts segment that ended a few weeks ago, and despite turning it in late today he was told he did not fulfill all the requirements so they want him to re-do it. So now he's panicking. And he announces that he QUITS and he's DONE and he's not doing any more work. Period. Hooo-boy. I did not anticipate a total shut down. So I gave him a half hour to just veg in front of the TV, and then I went in softly to encourage him to not worry about aaaaalll the work he has due this week, but rather to just focus on one problem at a time. Chip away at it. His mood had calmed and he agreed to try, but it lasted only about 20 min and then the TV was back on! So I asked him if he though he could just keep working if we agreed to keep the TV on. He's calmer now, and he seems to be trying. He's done so well up until now -- seems to be getting A's and B's (quite a change from the D's and F's of the first quarter), I just hate to see him blow it all in these final few days of school that are left. Time to go check up on him and give another gentle prod!