Procrastination is a common trait among teens, and it’s your job of a parent to help correct this behavior. If it seems like your teen is constantly late for school, work or appointments, then it might be a sign that he or she is lacking personal responsibility.
1. Start Using an Alarm Clock
It’s a good idea to have kids start using an alarm clock from an early age versus being woken up by their parents. Once your kids grow up, go away to college or enter the workforce, they won’t have Mommy or Daddy around to ensure they get up in the mornings. Alarm clocks teach the realities of life and cultivate personal responsibility from a young age.
If your teen struggles to wake up despite the alarm, look into the Mathe Alarm Clock and other similar apps for smart phones. These apps require users to complete a series of math equations to stop the alarm from ringing, which prevents your teen from hitting the snooze alarm and returning to sleep.
2. Don’t Accept Excuses
Teens need to be held accountable for their actions. It’s the only way they learn. You can help teach them responsibility by refusing to make excuses for them. If you’re late to school because of a flat tire, you can call the school to excuse the action. If you’re late because your teen slept in, let him or her handle it. As parents, we want to make everything right for our kids, but that can sometimes do more harm than good. Set firm boundaries and don’t put up with excuses. If you say you’re going to leave the house at seven in the morning, be prepared to leave at that time. If your teen doesn’t make it down to the car, make them earn back the time by sacrificing a night out with friends.
3. Hold Them Accountable
When teens begin to realize that they have a choice over what happens in their lives, they become empowered. Part of adult responsibility is accepting the negative consequences of our actions. It’s difficult to watch your teen get in trouble with his or her coach, tutor or school due to lack of punctuality, but it’s what needs to happen for responsibility to be learned.
If you can stay strong and remain firm with your teen, you will see maturity develop right before your eyes. Don’t give in when the whining begins. Your teen’s future boss won’t put up with it and neither should you.