Now, Stop Procrastinating


It's tough to get kids to do what you want them to. It's excruciating to get them to do it now. In The Procrastinating Child (Walker & Co.), due out next month, Rita Emmett maintains that the "I'll do it later" syndrome is just a bad habit that can be eliminated. No matter what the child's age, parents should set up rules that are attached to a reward. For example, spending half an hour cleaning the room could equal half an hour of TV currency. Reasonable rewards, argues Emmett, add motivation to even the most dreaded tasks. If children have a...

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