Maryka and I are taking our delayed “summer vacation,” tomorrow (a possibility with our children grown up). We’ll be flying to Seattle and staying on the West Coast until Sunday, September 30. I may take a break from updating my website, blog, and Facebook page during that time. There are two things I would like for you to keep in mind. First, use this month to observe your child. If your child is homework-trapped and in middle school, it is likely that he will appear highly motivated to do his homework because September provides a brief window when the homework-trapped child can get all of his work done for some of his teachers. It is important to remember that as problems completing the work unfold, teachers and parents alike get distracted by the myth of motivation, the misbelief that the student is doing poorly because he does not really care. He cares. He just cannot handle all of the work for all of his teachers. Second, I want to remind you that the Kindle version of my book, The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Teachers and Students remains at a reduced price through the end of September. In October, it returns to its original price, $9.99. The price of the physical book remains unchanged.