I got all the kids a new book for Christmas. easy child is a voracious reader -- I gave her one of the new Warriors books she's now hooked on. Finished it Christmas day. difficult child 2 hates to read fiction. He'd rather read a geology field guide. Or an encyclopedia. So I got him The Lightning Thief, hoping against all hope that he'd at least TRY to read it. Well, he LOVES it and has been reading a little bit each day. He will definitely finish it, and is already asking about the other books in the series. And then there's difficult child 1. I got him Stormbreaker, the first in the Anthony Horowitz series. He finally started reading it today. That's the good part. The bad part is that he blew off all his homework tonight and kept reading it after he got home from lacrosse at 5pm. This is the kid who has clawed his way up from D's and F's to C's and a D in those same classes. I tried to remain calm tonight as I reminded him that he has NO wiggle room at this point in the semester, and choosing to ignore his responsibilities because of this book may prove to have a heavy price. I also warned him that although he doesn't have zero period tomorrow, he's getting up as if he did so he can work on the assignments he DIDN'T do tonight. There's not much more I can do to help him. We took away the video games and TV, yet he's still managing to find a way to get side tracked from what he's SUPPOSED to be doing.