Procrastinating Homework

I’d rather one should walk with me than merely show the way.

The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear.

Slicing large projects into smaller assignments makes them more manageable to complete and less likely your child will procrastinate.

Discourage perfectionism Striving for perfection on every assignment and every test leads to stress and encourages procrastinating habits.

However, it might not be the most productive time for your child to do their homework, which encourages procrastinating. Do they want to immediately start their homework to allow more time to play later without having to think about their assignments? If your child doesn’t immediately start their task, make sure they understand why they’re allowed a break (so they will be more productive later) and how much time they have before they must begin the task of doing homework.

Talk with your child about how they feel when they come home from school. Consider the ‘why’ Is there a legitimate reason why your child hasn’t started their assignment?When he knows he gets a break after a predetermined time, he more easily commits to beginning the work.A timer is a great tool to help kids develop consistent study habits as they get older and need to commit to longer periods of study.We want our kids to enjoy school and the privilege of learning, not labor over perfect grades.Set a timer when necessary When our son is having a particularly hard time settling into an assignment, we determine together how long he must sit and work and then I set a timer.Maintain a balanced routine If we allow our children to participate in every sport, music, drama, and school activity that occurs, we create an unmanageable schedule with little time left over.When our children can’t visualize the satisfaction of completing a task when they begin, it’s likely they won’t want to start.Break it down It’s easy to procrastinate when a task appears overwhelming.Recently, our son had an assignment that required multiple tasks to complete the finished product.It seems that we can deal with procrastination best by identifying personality traits - the Perfectionist and the Dreamer, the Worrier and the Crisis Maker, the Deifier and the Over-doer.You will recognise the traits your children best fit. Perfectionists are very detail-oriented, and seldom satisfied with their work.

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