I am struggling w/ my 12 yr old son. He used to be an honors student...now he could care less about homework. His attitude is " a C is good enough"...well it is if you bust your arse getting a C...but he isn't. Things used to come very easily for him and now that he is challenged instead of working harder, he has just quit. I know he is in the midst of puberty atm (hair under the arms, hair on upper lip)...and usually I can handle the attitude but the not caring about school work is not acceptable. I've tried taking away stuff...nothing works. I have resorted to having him do dishes (you mean I have to do EVERYONE'S AND NOT JUST MINE?!...Why can't we use disposable then?!) ....This kid has me...We recently lost a niece to a very rapid growing brain tumor and this situation has made it worse but the problem was there BEFORE it all began. He says he is trying his hardest but when I see five 0's in a workbook...darn right I am mad! He said it was due to our vacation we took but the message on the book from the teacher was "incomplete one month after due". So, even if we were gone, he still had a chance to do them. He didn't even TOUCH them! Can someone tell me if this is normal behavior for a boy going thru puberty? This..."I dont care about anyone right now but me" attitude?