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8 Disorganization Styles of Struggling Boys

by Erin Dower

Why is your child struggling in school? In her book "That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life," author Ana Homayoun identifies eight styles of disorganization and distraction that are commonly associated with academically struggling boys. Does your son fall into one of these categories? Find out and get tips excerpted from Homayoun's book. Click here to read our interview with Homayoun and learn more about why boys are lagging in school.

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The Overscheduled Procrastinator


The Overscheduled Procrastinator is a highly-involved student and athlete and a leader among his peers who seems to have the world at his feet, but can never seem to get ahead, meet a deadline without a major meltdown, or turn down another social commitment.

Homayoun's Tip: Encourage your son to become engaged in activities that are meaningful to him. At the same time, help him to be mindful of not overcommitting himself, which means he will be unable to do anything to the degree he would like. Getting home at 9:00 or 10:00 every night is a recipe for an exhausted, low-functioning young person.

Next: The Scattered Charmer

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August 30, 2014



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