Procrastination in Children: Expert Interview with Rita Emmett

April 5, 2012 | Posted in: Achievement, Confident Kids, Confident Teens, Interviews, Skills, Stress clock_opt

Do you struggle with getting your child to start his homework? Is it a chore to get your kids to do their chores?

Procrastination is a habit that millions of adults and children struggle with. It takes a devastating toll on the quality of our lives because we spend so long putting things off and preparing to start things that we don’t get things done.

Procrastination in children is particularly devastating because kids  have so many commitments (with hours of homework, etc.) that we want to be sure they have downtime to enjoy life and just be a kid.

While children may seem to be procrastinating so they can do more enjoyable activities like playing outside, procrastination time is rarely enjoyable. Kids have homework hanging over their head. They have us parents bugging them to get started. I like to say, “Just get it done so you can really have fun.”

When, however, children learn early on to break the procrastination habit, they create richer lives filled with accomplishment, pride, and time for relaxation and enjoyment.

I recently interviewed Rita Emmett author of The Procrastinating Child

In under 15 minutes she shares insight and tips including her 5-step STING formula to help you help your kids stop procrastinating now. Here’s the audio recording

Enjoy the interview!

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About the Expert

Rita Emmett is a “Recovering Procrastinator,” professional speaker, and author of three award-winning, best selling books:
• The Procrastinator’s Handbook
• The Procrastinating Child: A Handbook for Adults to Help Children Stop Putting Things Off
• The Clutter-Busting Handbook

She has done over 300 interviews (her interview with Katie Couric shown here). Rita’s web site (cleverly named provides help for procrastination, clutter and stress in the form of books, CDs, DVDs, and on-line courses plus a free Tip Sheet that offers short, quick help with these topics.



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