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That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life

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At last, the solution for getting disorganized boys back on track.

Missed assignments. Lack of focus and enthusiasm. Falling grades. For too many boys and their frustrated parents, these are the facts of life. But they don't have to be.

Top academic couselor Ana Homayoun has helped turn even the most disorganized, scattered, and unfocused boys into successful young peop
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by TarcherPerigee (first published December 18th 2009)
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Jun 04, 2014 Sarenna rated it liked it
This book had some excellent ideas for helping organize middle and high school aged boys, and I plan to put some of them to practice. My only complaint is that much of the book focused on her success stories rather than actual organizational strategies or implementation. I found myself skimming much of the book to find information that was relevant to me and my child.
Mar 29, 2015 Jodi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teachers and parents of struggling students
I picked up this book to try to understand some of my disorganized, under-achieving students. The book is well-written and has good, easy advice but I cannot say I learned anything earth-shattering upon reading it. I liked the reminder to let students take responsibility for their successes and failures - also to know that progress always seems to be two steps forward and one step back! I also enjoyed reading about the different "types" of students a teacher or parent might encounter! I could ce ...more
Tiffany Cooke
Jun 02, 2012 Tiffany Cooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents of disorganized kids who are not doing well in school
This week I finished up That Crumpled Paper was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life by Ana Homayoun.
Once again the title grabbed my attention and I had to read it because I happen to know lots of disorganized and distacted boys, including my son. Nick's backpack is always full of crumpled up pieces of paper no matter how many folders or organization ideas we put into place. Since I am dreading another year of helping him survive school, I was loo
Feb 22, 2010 Mackenzie rated it it was amazing
Never to early to start thinking boy thoughts, seeing as I have three of them. And this book is really fantastic. Though Homayoun doesn't use the word 'respect' in the book, quite a few of her points and strategies are based on the idea of respecting your sons. This book is FULL of good advice, principles, and pointers, all of which are the fruit of many years of working with boys and their parents. While this must be an invaluable tool for getting you and your son out of trouble you've created ...more
Aug 27, 2014 Peggy rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
I got a lot of really great organizing ideas from this book. Both of my children are in middle school and I am tired of their backpacks being stuffed with papers and everything a big mixed up mess. Trying to set up good habits before High school next year. The first day of school teachers told one of my sons he could not use his own planner. They must use school planner. Day two teacher told my son he may not have separate binders for each subject. She wants ONE 3 inch binder for ALL subjects in ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Trace rated it it was amazing
Excellent system for getting boys (middle school and up) organized for school. Some of the steps won't apply to my son for grade 4, but I will get him started on this system so that, hopefully, it becomes second nature by the time he's older.
Oct 26, 2015 Lisabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-freak-out
The first thing this book did was to allay my fears that something was terribly wrong with my gifted but underperforming son. It's right there in the introduction: boys just typically lack the brain development (aka executive functioning) that allow them to organize and multitask in the way that school requires them to.

The author does lay out a very prescriptive vision of The Right Way To Do Things. We chose not to follow her ideas slavishly, but I will give the author much credit for inspiring
Oct 06, 2015 Summer rated it it was amazing
Ana Homayoun really knows teens and parents. Her writing shows profound understanding of the various stressors going on that lead to missed assignments and poor grades. She leads you gently to many simple and do-able things that you can implement in your household to help your teen get on track.

The best thing about this book is that it makes you feel like you're not alone and you probably are already doing many good things. She just gently suggests a few tweaks that can help. She preaches patie
Mar 06, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Great and easy to follow tips. Already implemented a few.
Sep 03, 2014 Geoff rated it really liked it
Even though I am incredibly organized, I often think I can be much more organized and wonder how other people stay organized, so when I first heard about this book from Ann on Books on the Nightstand I knew I had to get a copy. I loved the title and wanted to read more about it the organizational suggestions. I grabbed a copy from my local library and here I am.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and it’s set up like many other self-help books: suggestion, how-to, summary and any worksheets or tools y
Sep 20, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it
A good insight into how the minds of boys can work differently... and how mine has been very much like a boy's as well.

I want to remember this one for when school gets more involved for the kiddos, to provide help with studying and organizing. And perhaps to bring me back to simpler times, and to get back to being organized as well. :)
Nov 21, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Of all of the executive functioning type books I've read recently, and there have been a few, this one had the most practical ideas to implement. Nicely laid out and provides some good charts/schedules for parents to use as tools, rather than just labeling the problems and suggesting the usual things, lists, timers, etc.
Apr 12, 2014 Lise rated it it was amazing
If you have a boy in the upper middle school years who is completely disorganized, much to his detriment in school, you are not alone! This is the book for you. Read it, and smile. There is hope, but it does take effort.
Oct 01, 2014 Sherri rated it really liked it
I admit I have an aversion to parenting books and was skeptical that I'd get much out of this. But this book is full of useful strategies and practical, flexible advice for helping your middle school/high school boy take ownership of his work and come up with an organization system. We still have a long way to go, but even the few tips we've implemented already have made a major difference in grades and stress levels. I just wish I'd read this before middle school started!
R. C.
Jul 10, 2010 R. C. rated it really liked it
I wish I could mark this as read and as to-read because I am going to be browsing it over and over as I homeschool my four boys. The author reiterates the studies that show boys dropping out of academia at faster rates than girls. She then posits that boys have this issue because they are not wired to multitask, especially in areas that require maintaining communication with multiple people. I'm not sure that's true. Seems to me that girls are wordier and boys like to hammer things. But as a fem ...more
Jun 16, 2010 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is was written for parents with disorganized and distracted boys. I would've also liked strategies for how teachers can manage them as well. But this will definitely be a book I recommend for any parents I meet with who have boys who have trouble succeeding in school due to organization.

I really like the goal setting worksheet she gives in the book. That is one thing I can utilize as a teacher and will be using that with all my students next year - not just the disorganized boys. I al
Apr 08, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This was an easy read. Although it's targeted more towards boys in middle and high school, it gives some good ideas on studying/succeeding in school that are applicable to girls too and that could apply to various ages. It didn't need to be as long as it was; I thought many sections just repeated itself.

A point it made that I hadn't really thought of (yet) is the affect of technology (texting, IM, facebook) on our kids while they are trying to study - a lot of distractions we didn't have. Gave m
Apr 12, 2014 April rated it really liked it
A friend recommended this. I read a good part of it over spring break and bought the stuff needed to get my guy organized. Time will tell if it helps.
Sep 24, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing
What an excellent read for a parent of a newly started high school son. Got to get the study sorted for him. Plenty of great tips!
Jun 29, 2014 Shelby rated it really liked it
This book has lots of practical strategies for boys (and girls). It can get a little tedious and repetitive toward the end, but overall I think parents and children who need it will find it useful.
Jun 19, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
This provided exactly what I didn't realize that I desperately needed: concrete, very detailed steps to help my son get organized and stay organized in school. Plus a fair amount of good general advice for parents of underachieving boys.
Jan 11, 2015 Meghan rated it liked it
Mostly common sense. I expected more academic/studies to back up her ideas. I had hoped for more why this works/science behind it than just logic and plans.
Full of anecdotes of boys she has worked with.
May 03, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
The target audience for this book is parents of boys who need some help multi-tasking and organizing the vast amount of homework, papers, practices, reports, project and more that occupy today's students. Although the author is targeting this for boys, I think this book is useful for parents of boys and girls - I even picked up some useful tips on juggling my own scattered 'to do' list. If you are looking for a book with lots of academic theory, this is not it. But, if you are searching for a ha ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Bookmouse rated it it was amazing
Very helpful advice on organization and study habits. Perfect sense to me now let's see how it works with my 14 and13 year old boys. Plan to implement in steps as suggested. The problem is they think they know it all at this age. The messy desk and binder is soon true. Drives me cazy. Like the idea of homework at the dining room table and all non-computer homework first. Love flash cards. 2 hour blocks sounds reasonable to me but they are going to have a hard time with that one! Luckily, my husb ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Katrina rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
Good strategies.
Amy Edwards
Feb 16, 2015 Amy Edwards rated it it was ok
Just wasn't all that interesting after all. I skimmed through it and saw mostly obvious organization suggestions or ideas that were for me, at this stage of my life, not new.
Ryan Mac
Apr 21, 2010 Ryan Mac rated it really liked it
This was an excellent guide to helping boys learn to be more organized for school and everyday life. The author lays out a common sense approach to organization and gives plenty of suggestions and examples to assist parents on how to implement her strategies. I would strongly suggest this book for anyone with a child that needs some help with organization. I am looking forward to trying some of her suggestions with my own teenage son.
Mar 25, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it
Did not read it in entirety - I feel like the organization skills offered were a great idea, but realistically for a boy such as my awesome son - they would not work...... I am trying to figure out how best to help him now (6th grade) before school gets tougher and tougher.

Not a bad book at all....just not quite right for us
Apr 04, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great ideas for keeping distracted pre-pubescent boys focused on schoolwork. I should hold off the rating until I see how effective it is once I implement the author's ideas, but it was very interesting and applied to my 11-year-old with every page. She really knows what she's talking about!
Bryan Wilson
Jun 10, 2011 Bryan Wilson rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating look at adolescent male psychology and the things that parents and teachers can do to help them organize their lives better for better achievement. I have already referenced this book many times in my classes, and I'd highly recommend it for anyone who works with teenage boys.
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Since founding Green Ivy Educational Consulting, Ana has become a nationally recognized innovator of motivational organization and time-management strategies for junior high and high school students.

She is the author of two books: The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life (2012), and That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping D
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