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Why are my children irresponsible?

Lynne Kenney
Psychology
Here are a few possibilities for why your child isn't more responsible, with strategies for each.

1. Procrastination: Children frequently delay completion of the task. There are so many other things children would rather do than get dressed and go to school like watch TV, play video games, text friends, play with toys and listen to music.

2. Cognitive inflexibility: Some children are quite resistant to shifts in activity. They become cognitively rigid and have trouble transitioning from one activity to the next. This can result in a tendency to become emotionally overwhelmed and melt down.

3. Parental distraction: If you are a working parent with multiple deadlines, you have a lot on your plate. Getting yourself ready for work and making sure the children are on task is quite a job. We’re human, we get scattered and tired, and we’re not always 100% focused on our kids.

4. Skill deficits: There are times when the skills expected of the child are beyond his cognitive or developmental skills. This can interfere with the ability of the family to move through their morning routine efficiently.

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