My youngest child and only S is 13. His older sisters have always been motivated to get their homework done and do their best in school. S acts like he cares, but really does not. He does the least that he needs to do to get by and his grades often reflect that. His teachers say he has a "whatever" attitude (although he is not disrespectful) and that he often does not pay attention to detail. His last math test was a 75% and he "forgot" to do one problem and sloppily did other problems, although when we went over it, he clearly understood the concepts. He likes sports, but really only when he's the star of the team, which in a few cases, he is one of the better players (although he is not on any school teams that practice every day). He likes the history channel and the discovery channel and is basically a very good kid. Is this a phase? What can I do to motivate him and help him see that trying hard in school will pay off? I'm new at this teenage boy thing - he's in 7th grade and I don't want him to get to high school with this lackluster attitude.