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Behavior Makeover: Homework Battles

Makeover Pledge
How will you use the eight strategies and the Behavior Makeovcr Plan to help your kid achieve long-term change? On the lines below, write exactly what you agree to do within the next twenty-four hours to begin your kid's behavior makeover.

Makeover Results
All behavior makeovers take hard work, constant practice, and parental reinforcement. Each step your kid takes toward change may be a small one, so be sure to acknowledge and congratulate every one of them along the way. It takes a minimum of twenty-one days to see real results, so don't give up too soon. Remember that if one strategy doesn't work, antoerh will. Write your child's weekly progress on the lines below. Keep track of daily progress in your Makeover Journal.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3


Ending the Homework Hassle, by John K. Rosemond (Kansas City, Mo.: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1990). Demonstrates ways to help kids learn to work on their own and take responsibility for getting the work done themselves.

Seven Steps to Homework Success: A Family Guide for Solving Common Homework Problems, by Sydney Zentall and Sam Goldstein (Plantation, Fla.: Specialty Press, 1999).A guide to help kids achieve homework success by teaching them to do the work with you assisting only if needed.

How to Help Your Child with Homework: Every Caring Parent's Guide to Encouraging Good Study Habits and Ending the Homework Wars, by Marguerite Cogorno Radencich and Joeanne Shay Schumm. (Minneapolis, Minn.: Free Spirit Publishing, 1997). Broken down into subject and age appropriateness, gives ideas galore for parents of elementary and middle school students.

The Homework Handbook: Practical Advice You Can Use Tonight to Help your Child Succeed Tomorrow, by Harriett Cliolden.John A. Friedman, and Ethel Tiersky (Lincoln wood. 111,: Contemporary Books, 1998). Comprehensive treatment of a worrisome topic that offers practical advice to parents.

How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up, by Trevor Remain and Elizabeth Verdick (Minneapolis. Minn.: Free Spirit Publishing, 1997). Hilarious cartoons and text provide helpful homework tips and insights. Ages 9 to 12.

The Study Skills Handbook (Grades 4-8), by Judith Dodge (New York: Scholastic, 1994).Teaches kids strategies they need to be effective and organized learners.


From No More Misbehavin' by Michele Borba, Ed.D. Copyright © 2003 by Michele Borba. All rights reserved. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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