Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Are teens really so bad at time management? Or is there something else going on?

Here is yet another post about how teens can plan their time effectively. It would have been no use to me, in high school or college. These plans presuppose that the teen is interested and motivated. You can't get motivated to do something you don't care about, however wonderful, new and shiny the method is.

When our kids procrastinate, consider that they just aren't interested; when you remind them, and they resist, consider that what you're causing is simple anxiety, and worse, a deflating sense of self-respect.

What would happen if we allowed kids to choose challenging tasks for themselves, and gave them the support and resources they needed to pursue it? What would happen if they were motivated enough to push through the hard parts?

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