One of my students is very bright. At the beginning of the year, it was apparent that she was well ahead of the average student and she doesn't have a problem taking in and retaining information. Since January she has missed a lot of school. Her brother has been sick, she has been sick, the family has been out of town, etc. She has missed literally more than half of the school days since January. She has missed so much school that now she doesn't want to come anymore. She throws tantrums every morning when her mother drops her off. She refuses to do work and states that it is "too hard" regardless of the actual difficulty of the work. It is frustrating because I know she has great potential in all subject areas and is very smart. At the beginning of the year I was concerned that she was trying too hard to do things perfectly and now she isn't trying at all! I have talked to the mom about it and I realize it has been difficult for her to juggle a sick son and bringing her daughter to school everyday. But it would be so much better for her if she got used to being in school every day again. This is my first year with this age group, so I kind of do not know what to do. What are some strategies to help her calm down when she gets to school and love learning again?