School Burnout? 5 Ways to Motivate Your Child (page 2)

School Burnout? 5 Ways to Motivate Your Child

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Updated on Aug 27, 2013

When to Get Help

Some parents are apt to see it as laziness, and older kids’ teachers may shrug it off as run-of-the-mill teen angst or “senioritis,” but if your child’s indifference is a continuing occurrence it may be just one symptom of a larger problem. A recent study in Finland found that nearly 1 in 5 girls in the upper grades suffers from burnout so serious that it can lead either to depression or delayed studies—and that’s for the so-called “success-oriented” females. Severe burnout can have physical, emotional and academic consequences, making it hard to distinguish from more serious issues like depression or even chronic fatigue syndrome. If you suspect something more than mid-year ennui, contact a health care professional.

Slow Down Together

Studies also show that burned out parents are more likely to have burned out kids. If your idea of breakfast is a lukewarm coffee while shuttling kids to school and you’ve been working during dinner for months, your stress might be carrying over into your child’s life. Most experts agree that families should aim for at least a few meals together a week; in fact, just talking and laughing together can go a long way towards personal renewal. Finding the perfect ratio of work to play may not come overnight, but a little flexibility and good communication can help your whole family avoid burnout.

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