Antidote Responsibility Trustworthiness Reliability

"How was I supposed to know it was due today?"

Dear Dr. Borba,

I'm ashamed to admit this, but our eleven year old is so irresponsible. She never takes care of her things and needs constant reminders to do her homework. Most of the time, my husband or I end up finishing it—it's almost easier then listening to her excuses. We want her to get good grades, but now I think we're going about it all wrong. Help!

—Courtney L., a mom of three from Tucson,Arizona

Bad Attitude Act Out

"You do my table job, Daddy. I'm watching TV."

"Why should I care when the DVD is due back at the store?"

"It's my teacher's fault: she didn't check to make sure I wrote down the assignment."

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