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Your daughter is stressed out. And her way of coping is stressing you out. She announces school projects the night before they're due and punctuates homework discussions with comments like "it doesn't matter what I do—the teacher hates me!"
How to Cope
There's not much you can do the night before a project is due but lend your support—lecturing her about planning better or questioning her study habits isn't going to get it finished any sooner. Calm her down and help her get through this crisis. And know that tomorrow you'll share your project planning skills with her to avoid a repeat of this evening.
How do you keep from blowing YOUR cool? Follow these five steps:
Don't buy into the idea that this has to be the best project ever. Or that she has to get every homework question right. Discovering that she can't cram a whole month's assignment into one night's work can be an important lesson to learn—just as important as who built the Parthenon. Identifying what part of the homework assignment she does not understand and asking the teacher for help with that concept or skill is exactly what homework was designed for.
Plan the Next Challenge
Share your project-planning skills with your daughter! Here's a crib sheet for you to review before you have that talk: