To help children who procrastinate, first lower the barrier to entry. Make starting homework so easy anyone can do it. Here are two main strategies:
1. By task: Pick one small task that your child can do to get started. If he’s been assigned an essay, have him start by writing the title page. If she’s been assigned a math worksheet with 20 problems, get her to complete the first two — then follow up with a short break.
2.By time: Some children need a timer. I find it’s best to use 10 minutes — I call it the “Tolerable 10.” Just tell your child, “Okay just focus as hard as you can, as best as you can, for just 10 minutes.” Once time is up, allow him to walk a lap around the living room or do a quick stretch.
Whether motivated by task or by time, your child will see that once the barrier to entry has been lowered, the job isn’t really that hard.