Episode 35

If you have a school-aged child, you’ve probably experienced more than one argument or power struggle over schoolwork.

In our defense, it is incredibly frustrating when kids take way longer to start (and finish) assignments than they need to. And it’s hard to see them put in the least amount of effort possible, refusing to do anything more than they have to. So we try to motivate them by using external motivators like yelling, nagging, and, more often than not, punishment.

But punishments don’t tend to lead to long-term results because they don’t teach kids HOW to stay focused on their schoolwork (especially when it’s a topic they don’t care about).

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why it’s actually difficult for kids to focus on schoolwork — even though they should know how (and have done it before)
  • What specific tools kids are missing that prevent them from “just doing” their work 
  • One simple strategy that will help students of any age stay focused on assignments, especially those that don’t particularly interest them

Referenced in this episode:

Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 1 (Band-Aid Parenting vs. Long Game Parenting)
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 2 (Your Parenting Long Game: The Framework)
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 8 (When You Can’t Get Your Kids to Clean or Do Other “Boring” Things)
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 32 (A Long Game Strategy for Motivating Kids to Do What They’re Supposed to Do)
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 34 (Why Punishment Doesn’t Lead to Results That Last)

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