By Richard Tyson

John and Mary were frustrated with Bobby, their 12-year-old son. Throughout his elementary school years, he had shown great promise. He was an A student, was athletic and was well-liked. However, since the start of seventh grade, he seemed unable to focus on anything. 

One evening, after having discovered that his room was “an absolute disaster,” John laid down the law. “Bobby,” he said, “you are not allowed out of this bedroom until you have picked up everything!” He slammed the door, leaving Bobby to his task.

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