a0112 asks:

My 8 year old daughter needs constant push to do her school work and other activities (reading book, practicing piano lessons). I do not know what to do?

In Topics: Motivation and achievement at school, Discipline and behavior challenges, Communicating with my child (The tough talks)
> 60 days ago



Boys Town National Hotline
Dec 15, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

While it is important to keep our children active, also make sure that you are not overloading your daughter with too many activities and responsibilities. Just as with adults, kids can feel "burned out" when they are faced with too many activities to juggle. Extracurricular activities should not make the child feel overly stressed and pressured. It has been said that attending school for a child is like working full time for an adult. This is something to consider when scheduling activities outside of school.

One way to encourage your daughter to complete her homework and piano practicing is to not allow TV, computer or friend time until those things are done. The less you talk about it the better...the choice will be hers. If she is very stubborn and chooses to not complete her homework, then she will have a natural consequence from her teacher. She needs to internalize the reasons why doing homework is important. If you are constantly hovering over her to get it done, she is not doing it to be doing her best, she is doing it to please you.

If you would like to talk with a counselor about this or any other parenting issue, please call or e-mail our hotline. We are here 24 hours, 7 days a week to help parents with any issue.

Take care and best wishes to you and your daughter!

Cynthia, Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline

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