Laziness & Motivation

Lack of motivation in children is one of the most frustrating issues parents face. How to manage a lazy child or teen. Ways to motivate kids that really work.

Unmotivated Child? 6 Ways to Get Your Child Going

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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Why is it so hard to motivate kids? As parents, we often have a funny, inaccurate belief that our children won’t care unless we twist their arms. But the simple truth is that your attempts to motivate your child are probably working against you. There’s something wrong with the picture if you care more about your... Read more »

How to Motivate Teenagers, Part 1

By Josh Shipp, The Teen Whisperer

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Does your teen seem completely unmotivated? For parents of teens, the refrains of, “Whatever,” and “I don’t care,” can become all too familiar. This week, Josh Shipp explains where your child’s motivation really lies—and how you can tap into it in Part 1 of “How to Motivate Teenagers.” EP: Josh, what should... Read more »

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Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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As parents, many of us do things for our kids that we were able and expected to do for ourselves when we were children. Our parents didn’t often feel the need to negotiate with our sports coach, solve our every problem, or entertain us in our free time. A big difference from... Read more »

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5 Ways to Help Kids Who Procrastinate

By Michael Kramer, PhD

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Not now. Later. Tomorrow. That’s when many teenagers say they plan to complete their household chores or tackle their homework. To a certain extent, this is normal—many of us have a tendency to delay, to put off until tomorrow what we don’t want to do today. There is a difference, however, between the occasional delayer and... Read more »

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