Wednesday, March 6, 2019

When You Have A Kid Who Procrastinates







So my daughter had a project due for science. She didn't let me know until a week after she got the assignment. Suddenly she was like, "Oh, I have a project due," and I panicked and thought she meant it was due the next day. She's done that before.

Luckily she added, "I have another week to get it done."

Oh. Phew.

Basically they had to talk about Earth's Layers, something I vaguely remember doing in grade school.

"So when do you plan on starting?" I asked her and she shrugged.

"You know," is all she replied.

You know? YOU KNOW? What does that mean? I was about to ask more questions but she's in middle school now. It's on her to complete her work.

I went out and got her a poster board. And that poster board sat in the room for days. The cats were more interested.





I did say, "Hey, isn't your project due in like four days?" and Natalie went, "Yeah, I have four days though, so..." and then she went back to watching videos.





Gosh, being a parent is FUN, it really is.

Eventually, she did start it. Slowly.




After the letters were put on, she was like, "Well, that's it for today!" and I asked if she wanted to finish and she went, "But I still have more time."

Okay. Right.

And honestly, I am a bit of a procrastinator too. So I couldn't be a hypocrite. Still. The cats kept paying more attention to her work.



But I found when I didn't nag, she did work more on the project. I mean, she got distracted easily, but she did finish.




AN ENTIRE DAY BEFORE IT WAS DUE!





I was thrilled. And yes, she did it on her own. You can tell when parents do the project. They think you can't, but come on.


"Don't lose your project on the bus," I warned Natalie. She has lost many things on the bus.


Anyway, on the day the project was due, the teacher sent pictures on the Remind app saying she was loving all the projects. And you could tell when a parent had done it.


I'm sorry, but some of them were 3D and elaborately painted.


Natalie said they got to walk around and view the projects.

"Someone made a cake with the layers," she said.

Did a kid make that? I don't know. She said some looked fancy. She swears one music had MUSIC to accompany it. Somehow.


All I know is Natalie does her own work. And guess what?




Yup, she got an 100.


So I learned some lessons: my kid will eventually get her work done.


And there are still parents doing projects in middle school.




38 comments:

  1. Your daughter is brilliant and nice. And your way is good for the care of kids. I try using my nephews like your way.

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  2. Great job on keeping her attentive on stuffs. She'll definitely learn many things with what you are doing now. Please continue.

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  3. Haha. Gabbie has a science fair project to do soon too. Good for you for not doing it for her!

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  4. Don't you just love it when your kid drives you nuts like not working on a project until the last minute. Good for her doing it on her own and doing a great job.

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  5. I am definitely a procrastinator but I have learned my lesson quite a number of times. I know I don't save everything to the last minute. It looks like your daughter did an outstanding job even if it was last minute LOL.

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  6. It's good that even if she delayed it so much, she did finish it in the end. I think it's great that you did not nag her, as she proved to you that she is responsible.

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  7. That project came out so well and best of all she did it herself. It is so funny how we get stressed out about our kids homework but it is nice to be pleasantly surprised when it gets done.

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  8. I am a real procrastinator, if I can do it later I will whoops! It is great that she managed to do so well in the end!

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  9. How awesome from your daughter! It is great she's learning to get things done in the right amount of time and I am so glad she was rewarded for her work. She deserved it!
    I will admit, I used to be a serious procrastinator in school! As hard as it may be, learning from failing (i.e. not finishing a project, or finishing but getting a bad grade) helped me learn that taking the time to get things done right -and in advance! I am not a parent, and I know it must be hard to let your child struggle and figure it out, but I know it definitely paid off for me to learn it on my own. Sounds like your daughter is ahead of the curve on that!

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  10. LOL my kiddo is such a procrastinator! But he still somehow is always able to pull off good grades so I can't be mad.

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  11. My kids are split. Two of them are procrastinators. The other two are not. One of my sons brings home his homework for the entire week and does it all on Monday. The other barely does what he is supposed to do every night.

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  12. Great to hear that she got 100! This is so my son, he typically waits until the last-minute.

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  13. Oh my. A project like this is one that is helpful to do over time, as we know as adults, but this is helpful for parents of children who tend to procrastinate. Great post!

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  14. I have one of each. My eldest does her homework the second she gets it. The other needs a bit of chasing. OMG it isn't easy to keep on top of her work sometimes.

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  15. I've never procrastinated when I was a child or a teenager, but now I sometimes do so! That project looks really lovely, and she got a really great grade! :)

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  16. I am not a procrastinator myself but I can imagine how frustrating it must be to raise kids that are! Love the project idea, super smart and fun.

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  17. i don't have kids but my boyfriend is a huge procrastinator and it drives me insane! however, he does always get things done like your daughter.

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  18. You have a clever daughter well done for getting 100 marks. Its good that you reminded her gently nad let her manage her own time. Thats how they learn.

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  19. My kids are the same. I get frustrated but I'm also a procrastinator sometimes lol

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  20. Oh you must know my kids. They bring home the project a month before it's due, but wait until the night before.

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  21. Her project looks great! Although I know from experience that it is hard not to chime in and remind kids of the deadlines, it looks like your strategy worked really well.

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  22. Aww your kid is so pretty and talented. I like that cat is more interested :)

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  23. A child who procrastinates can be frustrating and challenging but she really does a great project. Smart kid!

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  24. Haha well at least she got it done on time and did a great job! I was the same as a kid, I would wait until the last minute to get stuff done.

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  25. It reminds me my kids at school and those days of projects. OMG! I think I didn't slept trying to help them at the last minute but glad they are now in the University.
    You did a good job and your daughter looks so proud of the 100 score.

    Irene.

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  26. Haha! I don't have a kid yet but I guess I must say, I can relate to her because, I am a proscastinator too, lol! Anyway, good job to Natalie and she deserves a pat on the shoulder. :)

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  27. I am SUCH a procrastinator myself so I know exactly how your daughter feels...LOL!! I"m glad she finally got it done thought!!

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  28. Wow you have got such cute cats. Your daughter's project has come out very nice.

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  29. She is amazing! I do procrastinate too and almost always fail to pass the project haha.

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  30. I homeschool my two boys who are in 6th and 8th grade. I know all about the "waiting to the last minute" game. They get it from me, I know it. We are trying to be better at time management together. Not only are they learning but I am as well. Hang in there, it will all work itself out. I know it is frustrating. But like you, I've learned to back off quite a bit and they will be more independent in completing their tasks. It is just so hard for us moms to have to bite our tongues sometimes.

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  31. Good job! I prefer that my kid do their homework by themselves, too! It's so important this!

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  32. Procrastinating drives me nuts too. However, sometimes, just letting kids go is good for them.

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  33. She got a 100!!! Yay! Congrats to the two of you. I can't even start thinking about those years....!

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  35. She got a 100 even though she started late for the project. Love the poster so much

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  36. She is so awesome. I know a lot about procrastinating, now I do stuff as soon as I need to. So glad it turned out well!

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  37. This is great lol I can only imagine how my
    Kids will be when they get older !

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