Ask your child to voluntarily to give up her cell phone for a set amount of time when engaged with homework. I typically suggest a 30- to 60-minute "handoff," after which time your teen can check his phone for messages and then return to homework if necessary. Also, keeping computers and other technologies in public areas can keep teenagers more aware of staying on task. Focus not on shutting down Minecraft, but rather on developing basic time-management skills. I encourage teenagers to read the time-management chapter from my book, Train Your Brain for Success: A Teenager's Guide to Executive Functions (#CommissionsEarned), and for parents to review some of our articles to learn more about time management.
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