Does your kid waste most of his free time in sleeping? Does he make excuses every time you ask him for a favor or to assist you in daily chores?
Your kid maybe a victim of laziness. Laziness, lethargy or inertia is very common in children. As we know ‘time and tide wait for none’, the time wasted under the influence of laziness will cost your child in the future as this time could have been utilized in some productive activities.
Here is some parenting advice for the parents to help their children get rid of laziness:
Tempting With Incentive
Children have a natural temptation for gifts. It makes incentives an effective technique to induce desired behavior in your children. For example, if your child spends all day watching television and is reluctant to play outdoors, promising a chocolate or some other incentive for some outdoor activity can be effective in shaping your child’s behavior in the desired manner.
You can also tempt him with a shopping trip for something he has been demanding for long in lieu of the successful completion of the assigned chores he was neglecting for sheer laziness.
But remember, not to overdo this. Your child must not get the impression that for every little thing she does, which anyways she is supposed to do, she should be rewarded. Make sure your child understands and realizes the responsibilities that are her own and is rewarded only as an encouragement, not as a rule.
Appreciation Works on Any Day
Children have a natural longing for appreciation and they like to go an extra mile to please their parents and hear words of praise. You should be generous with praise when you see your child challenging her laziness and assisting you in the chores like cleaning his room or taking care of her younger sibling.
Make your child realize that his voluntary participation in productive activity pleases you. It will not only inspire your child but will also strengthen childparent relationships.
Spend Quality Time
Sometimes a child might display laziness in her attitude for garnering attention. Make sure you spare some time from your busy schedule to talk and ask about his school, friends and studies.
Discuss about his interests, skills and abilities and future plans so that he may feel belonged. Be present every time your child participates in sports and extra-curricular activities and encourage him by cheering for him/her participation.
Engage your Child in Creative Activities
Try to involve your children in creative activities based on her interests and hobbies. It will keep them engaged in their spare time (that they usually consume for sleeping). Help him develop the habit of watching motivational videos, which will instill wisdom kids and inspire him towards the path of success rather than wasting time in sleeping.