How should I motivate my child who procrastinates to do her homework?
How you get your kid to buckle down to homework will depend on what's causing her to put it off. Learn ways to motivate a child to do homework by watching this video featuring psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein.
So you want to really sit down with your child and figure out what's getting in the way. Is it lack of skill? Is it anxiety?
Is it lack of motivation? [MUSIC PLAYING]
Procrastination can be happening for lots of different reasons. It can be because your child really doesn't
know how to do the work. It can be because your child falls into a perfectionistic stance and can't do the work because they're afraid of it
not being exactly right and perfect. Or it can be that they just don't really want to
and it's what a lot of people would call lazy. But generally, lazy has some other thing going on behind it.
So you want to really sit down with your child and figure out what's getting in the way. Is it lack of skill?
Is it anxiety? Is it lack of motivation? And once you can identify what that is, you might have different options on how you want to address it.
If it's lack of skill and you bring in a tutor and you bring in some support, can you talk with the school about how to get them extra help? If it's perfectionism, you've got
to give them some coping skills for how to deal with the anxiety. If it's lack of motivation, you need to figure out what's meaningful to your child
that they can work towards, and they can earn, and that they can earn that if they get their homework done
in a certain amount of time. So you have to identify the problem behind the procrastination, and then implement some of those solutions.
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