If you observe and take notes, you may pick up on patterns in how kids procrastinate. These patterns can help you understand why they’re procrastinating.
Here are common patterns you might see:
Starting a task and then waiting until the last minute to finish
Taking a break and losing track of time while doing something fun
Avoiding a task because it’s hard to get started or because one of the steps is hard
Saying a task is already done when it isn’t
Saying a task won’t take very long, so it’s OK to do it later
Often running late and taking a long time to get tasks done
As patterns start to emerge, talk with kids, teachers, and caregivers. See if they’re noticing something similar. Together, you can start to look for ways to help.
if homework anxiety is behind kids’ procrastination