Causes of child laziness

1. Improper parenting behavior: excessive tutelage
There are many reasons for child laziness. However, the most important ones are based on improper parental behavior. Think about how often you intercepted the initiative: “You’re still small, I’ll clean up myself!”, “Don’t touch cursive letter tracing, or you’ll spoil it!”, “Don’t take the cup – you’ll break it! In such situations, parents simply deprive the child of the initiative and don’t allow him or her to do anything, assuming that they can handle it faster themselves. In such a case, the child may even lose the desire to aspire to independence – why, if they won’t let him or her do it anyway, or call him or her “clumsy”?

Features of temperament.
Considering, your child is lazy or not, do not forget to stop to assess his temperament. Maybe he is a choleric or sanguine. Then it becomes clear why he is not given to work and that requires concentration and assiduity. It is more likely to do it focused phlegmatic or melancholic. However, children with the above types of temperament will have difficulty performing tasks where you need a quick response and active communication.

The cause of laziness is also banal boredom. Children are always very mobile: they always have to run around, come up with something and somewhere to splash out his energy. If parents or teachers constantly force them to sit quietly and not disturb, then cheerful and inquisitive children turn into sad and uninitiative.

Sometimes there are situations when a child cannot release his or her energy at school and wants to run and play in plenty when he or she comes home, but parents force him or her instead to do boring things, for example, to clean his or her room.

4. Misunderstanding: why do we do it?
Sometimes children just don’t understand why it is necessary to perform a particular action. Why collect toys if tomorrow they will have to get them out again? Why make the bed in the morning if you will have to sleep in it again in the evening? This is what happens when parents simply require their child to keep order, but do not explain why it is important.

5. Disinterest
Often a child doesn’t want to take on a particular task because he or she is simply not interested. Parents should give motivation, cause a desire to undertake any activity, set a goal. Then children will strive to achieve the final result, and it, in turn, will bring them pleasure.

6. Fear of failure
Probably, the child doesn’t undertake some activities, as he/she is simply afraid of failure. For example, he doesn’t want to learn a poem, because last time he unsuccessfully recited it in class and was “rewarded” with mockery by his classmates. Here the problem is already in insecurity, probably even in low self-esteem.

How to deal with child laziness

If your child is lazy, it’s worth thinking about how to fix the situation.

Do not forget that children absorb everything that parents do and say, so the first thing to look at your own behavior. If you, instead of cooking dinner, ordering pizza at home, leaving overnight dirty dishes in the sink, evening walks are replaced by “sitting” on the computer or watching TV, and instead of morning exercise stay in bed an extra twenty minutes – your child is just taking an example with you! You need to change your own behavior so that your child looks up to you.

Encourage independence of the child and remember that overprotection only harms him. Nothing wrong if a child sweep the floor is not as clean as you would do, or break one of the cups from the set, while arranging them in the sideboard. It’s not a problem and not a tragedy!

Don’t punish with forced labor (“For disobedience today, you’ll wash dishes!”, “Since you haven’t done your homework, go clean your room!”). Such punishments will cause an aversion to any work and an absolute unwillingness to work. And unwillingness to work, in turn, will breed laziness.

Give your child small tasks often, but do it not in a commanding tone, but in the form of a request. So the child will feel that you trust him – it will raise his self-esteem. Don’t swear if he’s not able to do something right the first time, instead explain in a calm and friendly tone how you can fix it.

Make a schedule of household chores for all family members and teach your child to stick to it, fix for him a few feasible activities. But do not forget to follow the schedule yourself! Otherwise, watching you, one day your child will say that he does not want to clean his stuff today and will do it tomorrow, because he is tired.

Watch your child’s schedule. Remember that in addition to homework and running errands around the house, he should walk, play and have a good rest (but pay attention that the child does not abuse such “lazy” leisure activities as watching TV and spending time at the computer). If the child’s sleep, rest and work regime is constantly changing, then his biorhythms are also disrupted, and this provokes health problems and the appearance of bad moods.

Always encourage your child to help you. Remember that laziness develops when you forbid him to do something. Do your homework together with your child and don’t forget to always praise him for his help.