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My son’s not turning in his homework.

Posted on 11/30/2020 by Greg Yoder

That IS frustrating. We went through it. Yeah, the work got done. We made sure of it. But when it came to turning it in, it just didn’t get done. Maybe that’s your situation, or maybe your child is just not doing it at all. This can be for a number of reasons. In my experience, some kids just want to be in control. For others, they’re embarrassed because they don’t understand it and are afraid to ask for help. Or maybe they’re just lazy. Whatever the situation, it all boils down to sin—yep, selfishness. If they’re young, change the behavior quickly before it becomes a habit. If they’re older, punitive but disciplined action will be needed. Speaking from experience, do it in love. My frustration and anger wasn’t very effective.

Suggested Reading: Proverbs 14:29 James 1:20

Keys for Kids Parent Minute is a one-minute daily feature, hosted by Greg Yoder, the president of Keys for Kids Ministries. Amidst a vast sea of parenting experts, Greg is a real parent who’s had successes and failures raising kids. Greg shares the good and the bad about raising his own four kids–all of them now adults. He’s a real parent and grandparent, talking to real parents and grandparents about real issues facing kids and their families today.

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