Thursday, November 25, 2010

How To Stop Procrastination

So what is procrastination? It is a regular problem many of our teens and even adults are facing everyday. It is the act of putting off essential task and obligation in a later time. Oftentimes parents try to fix this kind of attitude by giving reward or punishment to their kids. Though, procrastination has primary reasons but these fixes don’t work as well as parents would hope, leaving the children frustrated. Procrastination may be one of the biggest challenges that we should overcome. To help us overcome this behavior, there are some helpful tips to guide us.
  1. Define clearly what the needs to be done. If the tasks are not clearly and properly instructed, then that would lead to procrastination as they are not sure of what exactly you expect. Ask you child if he understand what you want to be done, if not then clearly explain it to him and clarify him if there are any confusions in his mind.
  2. Motivation. A child can easily perform something if he is motivated to do that is important to him. That is why you need to discuss and set some privileges or incentives he could get based on completed responsibilities.
  3. Help your child set goals. Goals should come from them but make sure they are clear. These goals serve as their guide to have their work done and not to procrastinate.
  4. Use preventive measures and deal the problem before it will happen. Perfectionism and anxiety can cause your child to become stressed which lead to procrastinate. Talk to your child that they don’t need to be perfect in every task but doing and showing their best is already an achievement of the task given to them.
  5. Understanding and Support are Very Important. Sometimes children procrastinate because they are afraid of what would happen or they are hesitant to perform the task. The best that your can give to them is your understanding and talk to them or have a role playing of the task if necessary. This will give them the idea on what to do.
Remember this saying "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today"

Friday, November 12, 2010

One Glass of Milk

I would like to share this story to everyone. I got this from a forwarded email of my friend. The story is so touching and hope it will change some of our lives and how we deal with people.

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.

He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water! . She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?"

You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness."

He said ... "Then I thank you from my heart."

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Many year's later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.

Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.

He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won.

Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for sh e was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words ...

"Paid in full with one glas s of milk"

(Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: "Thank You,
God, that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands."

There's a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the waters comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place - And, after all, isn't that what life is all about?

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