Connect With Kids: How To Prevent Procrastinating On Homework

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Connect With Kids: How To Prevent Procrastinating On Homework

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 2:52 PM CDT

"Why do today what you can put off Til tomorrow?"

Recent studies show that up to 95 percent of students procrastinate on their school work.

Why do so many people put things off and how can parents get their kids to work?

Barbara Reyelts has more in this week's Connect with kids.

Leslie watches tv, talks on the phone, visits myspace anything to avoid doing her school work-

"With like all the technology out there, it's so easy just to like completely not do your homework."

"Just, what was it, last week, she was up till 12:30 finishing homework."

Why do people procrastinate?

A study from the University of Calgary found one reason that may help parents better understand their kids:

Some procrastinators simply lack the confidence to complete the task.
Leslie, for example.

"Like in math and science I'm awful and whenever I have a project due I always wait till, like, the last minute."

Experts say, whatever the reason, there is one important way parents can help:

Let your child handle it.

"In my opinion, the chief problem I see is parents taking too much responsibility. So, I tend to go backwards from helping the kids. In other words, I want the kids to experience the consequences, the painful consequences of being late in their projects, of getting poor grades. That stimulates the internal motivation that's required to defeat the procrastination."

And if your child lacks the confidence to get the work done.

"It doesn't have to be an A+ paper. Let's get working on it, you know, let's break it up into smaller pieces and get satisfaction from developing the smaller pieces into a larger piece that is a good product. And then that confidence builds from having the success."

"Hey, don't be on MySpace, okay, get your work done."