Parents in a hurry
Most parents can think of about three different things that they should be doing at any given time. From the time they wake up in the morning to the time their heads hit the pillow at night, there is an endless stream of tasks to be done, most of which revolve around their children. Given this scenario, parents who have children who seem to go about the business of living in slow motion have a really hard time.
There are children who take a good half hour to get out of bed; who take two hours to eat a meal or ages to complete their homework. And it's not a one-off thing with them. It's a daily feature.
Children can be slow for various
reasons. Some are just easily distracted as a result of which they are
not focused enough on the task at hand to complete it in time. Other children
are resistant to or do not adapt to change very easily. Hence, they are
reluctant to move on from one activity to another and consequently leave
a lot of their work unfinished. Some children, of course, are just dreamers
and prefer to give a free hand to their imagination rather than concentrating
on what they would term 'mundane' activities like school work and chores.
The attention game
Dawdling, dreaming children are not a rarity. While one imagines most children to be dynamos cast in the mould of Calvin or Dennis the Menace, there are many children for whom time has no meaning. In such a situation, most parents are reduced to nagging, pleading, screaming and even spanking the child. However, most parents will find that this usually does not have the desired effect of prodding the child into action.
Children can be perverse. The minute
they hear a frantic note of urgency in your voice telling them to 'hurry!"
they know they've got you where they want you. They slow down even more
so that you finally give in and help them out, thus giving them your undivided
attention. Dawdling is an attention-seeking technique that is often used
by the older child when there is a new baby in the family.
Teaching your child to be time-bound
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