To Punish or Not to Punish
Our son is in the 6th grade. He is very smart and currently brings home As and Bs. He can be a straight A student but he takes shortcuts on everything he does. He loves to play (it doesn't matter what type of play) and would rush his work just so he can play. We have a rule in our house where our kids do not watch TV, play video games or go out to play with friends on a school day so this doesn't interfere with him getting his work done. He plays instruments and is very involved in sports, arts, computers, any and everything.
I'm just wondering, if you know your child can do better and he admits to rushing his work, talking in class, etc but he gets As and Bs would you punish him when he brings home a C or low B on assignments because his teacher required a paragraph, for example, and he decided to write a sentence? Or his teacher checks their planner several times a month and he gets a C because he didn't take the 40 seconds (his words) to write his homework in his planner during the 5 minute period that the teacher gives them to complete this task?
I know if we continue to allow him to get away, it may get worse and it may affect him sooner or later. So do you punish a child for this and, if so, HOW?, when you know that your child can do better? He has even admitted that if he stopped taking shortcuts he can bring home all As.