Hello all, and happy new year! I received a phone call this morning from one of my parents who was just about in tears over her daughter. The student (we'll call her Jill) is very bright and she definitely shows it in school, but at home she's apparently a different person. Mom (who is very supportive and wants what's best for her children) tells me that Jill will often lie about forgetting work at school, or if she's doing work at home, she'll take "hours" to complete only a few problems. Mom is very disappointed and is feeling as if she's letting Jill down. She called to let me know that she's doing everything she can at home, but nothing's working. Jill has lots of siblings, so there's not really a lot of quiet space in the house to work. Mom has taken away things that Jill likes if she doesn't do her homework, and she's given rewards for doing it, but that's not really doing the trick either. Mom called me for suggestions, and off the top of my head I could only think of a few. I suggested taking Jill to the library (if possible) every so often to do her work, so her environment is distraction free. Unfortunately it sounds as if Mom's busy schedule and numerous kids won't allow for that. I also thought about having her give Jill a timer to have next to her while she does her work. That way, Mom can say, "OK, let's see if we can get this done before X minutes," and Jill can watch the timer. It works for one of my students in class, and his work doesn't suffer as a result. I was a bit embarrassed that I couldn't think of any more ideas so quickly, so I appeal to you. I told her I would call back with more ideas. What suggestions would you give this mother? Thanks for reading.