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.

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How to Motivate Teenagers, Part 2

By Josh Shipp, The Teen Whisperer

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In the first part of “How to Motivate Teenagers,” Josh Shipp, teen communication expert and author of the Identity Program, explained the secret of giving your child the “why” of doing things. In Part 2 of this series, Josh tells you what to say—and what not to say—when talking to your unmotivated teen. EP: Josh, you tell parents that it’s... Read more »

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Motivating the Unmotivated Child

By James Lehman, MSW

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Over the years, parents have asked all the time about why their kids aren't motivated and what they can do about it. How can you get your child to be more motivated? To do better in school? To even go to school? The important thing to remember is this: your child is motivated. They’re just... Read more »

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14 Proven Responses to the Most Frustrating Backtalk

By James Lehman, MSW

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When kids act out, they have an arsenal of backtalk they fire at you in order to put you on the defensive—a secret language that’s designed to win them control and absolve them of responsibility. If you take those comments at face value—or take them to heart—you’ll always be on the defensive, constantly reacting to... Read more »

Stop making excuses

Kids and Excuses: Why Children Justify Their Behavior

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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“All day long, all I hear from my kids are things like, ‘It wasn’t my fault! He started it!’ and ‘She called me a name so I hit her.’ All the finger-pointing and blaming makes me want to scream. Why can’t they ever take responsibility for themselves?” Why do kids make excuses? Here’s the truth: It’s... Read more »

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