Stop the Stalling: How to Help Kids Stop Wasting Time

"I might do it wrong."

Your child may be putting off learning or doing something new -- even things she enjoys -- because she's afraid of not doing it perfectly. So even if your daughter begged for music lessons, she might postpone practice because she doesn't play as well as she thinks she should or imagined she would.

How you can help: "Let your kid know that making mistakes is part of doing anything well," says Emmett. "Excellence is doing our best, and that's achievable. Perfection isn't." Also make sure that you yourself aren't caught up in results over process. Emphasize the point that the getting there is more than half the battle in anything you undertake.

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