Ah, no. While I'm sure that is a problem with many kids, mine was lazy. Keep in mind, he would get A's and B's on tests. He brought home homework and would lie and say he had none so he could play instead. He would do it, and do it correctly, if you forced him to do it...then he would leave it home or simply not turn it in. Or he would do math, get the right answer, but refuse to show his work...because "all the teacher should care about is that he got the answer right." He'd have an F at midterm, then bring it up to a C or even a B by end of term once he got in trouble. Early, he was just bored, because he already knew the stuff they we're teaching. Later, he just didn't want to do the work, whether too easy or not. And as for biodad, I meant that he wasn't there to be compared to. You wouldn't think thinking badly of himself would have any genetic component, as opposed to an example.