My daughter, Alexzandria, is 12 and will be turning 13 in about a month. She is also in the 8th grade which is a year ahead for her age. She is über smart, not a genius, but really stinking smart. So smart that she could be getting straight A’s with very little effort. I say “could” because currently she is hanging in there with 3 C’s, 2 B’s, and sadly only one A. This frustrates me because she pretty much refuses to do her homework. She aces most of her tests but the homework is killing her grades. Which we learned last year could cause her to fail a class. I often feel like I am failing her as a parent but I know that I have done everything in my power to help her. It unfortunately isn’t going to change unless she is ready for it. I just hope that it will happen before high school starts because that is a whole other pool full of sharks.