What is it about kids that make them not want to do anything until the last minute? Do you have a kids procrastinating stories? I’m sure I’ve triggered some type of memory that occurred in your house in the past 24hours. Whether it’s to do with leaving their homework until the last minute, or still not having their bedroom cleaned up 10 minutes before they have to go to bed. It seems to be inevitable that they are always going to be on island time.
After you've read this article make sure you head on to my member's section where you will find a story about kids procrastinating! And tell me what you think!
I remember being like that as a kid. I only ever wanted to do things that I wanted to do. And it always had to be on my time. If my mum asked me to clean the kitchen (which she did on a regular basis), I would yell down the stairs “okay!!! I’ll be down in 10 minutes.” 10 minutes slowly became 30 and then her frustration would heighten. But in my eyes, I didn’t understand why it had to be right then and there. I mean didn’t she understand that I was in the middle of things? Why did I have to drop everything I was doing because my mum decided she wanted something done right then? She could have given me a bit of warning. Of course, when she asked me yesterday I wasn’t using my listening ears...which happened often!
It’s hard sometimes to get your kids to listen or even understand why some things just have to be done when you say they do. Sometimes they are so involved in the activity they are doing that they can’t hear you. They don’t realize that if they clean up right after they played, rather than leave it all day that it will make their lives so much easier (and also yours).
I’m sure you have tried many ways to get the ball rolling with their procrastination. Maybe you attempted to reward them at the end of the day, if you don’t have to speak to them once about them getting their homework done. Or you have told them that they can’t play with their friends outside until all their reading is done. And in their eyes they feel like you are the meanest person alive and plead with you that they will get it done. “Please mum, pleeeassse!!!! I promise if you let me play for 1 hour with my friends, I will do it as soon as I get home” And as hard as it is for you to see them beg and look at you with those eyes, you have to stand your ground and be the mean parent again.
Every parent has been there and will continue to be there because it’s human nature to behave like that. We all have it. Even adults at times leave things to the last minute. I wrote a story about procrastination that I think you guys will love! It’s a cute way to have them understand the meaning of time and why it’s important to do things in a timely manner. Take a look :0)