Maybe because I tell them that it’s my place to concentrate.” 6. ” If you praise specific improvements, your little learner will become more inclined to try to do a good job the first time around. Leave the Room: Best for Whiners “Kids who drag things out are often doing so for your attention — they’re enjoying the interaction on some level,” explains Grace. And if you must stay in the room, have your child work in a spot that’s farther away from whatever you’re doing.” 8.
Keep the Positive Feedback Coming: Best for the K–2 Set Little kids need instant feedback, so it’s okay for parents of young grade-schoolers to correct mistakes, says Grace. After he’s finished, take his paper and say “Hmm, I’m looking for something . Beat the Clock: Best for Procrastinators Sometimes a pint-size foot dragger just needs a jump-start.
Once your child feels understood, says Dolin, he’ll be more likely to accept your suggestions — and better able to focus on what needs to be done. The Teacher’s Your child’s tearing up over a long-division worksheet and you actually remember how to get the answer. Do you show your kid your method — so at least she’ll have the correct answer?
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“I let one kid at a time use my office if they are having trouble,” says Jennifer Harrison, of Sacramento, CA, mom of a 7- and an 11-year-old.
“Being in the spot where Mom does grown-up work seems to help them focus. ” or “This sentence is even better than the one you came up with yesterday!
But playing cop rarely works — micromanaging and nagging only make kids feel stupid or frustrated.
A better solution: Think of yourself as a coach and cheerleader.