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The Procrastinating Child: A Handbook For Adults To Help Children Stop Putting Things Off

Self Help


        * Includes true stories and strategies-that-work from some of the 673 people that Rita interviewed about children who procrastinate
        * Helps parents learn how to work as a team with children to coach them out of the putting-off habit
        * Teaches a simple, quick strategy to take the STING out of feeling overwhelmed
        * Has been used as a fundraiser at grade and high schools and combined with the first book, is published in over 32 countries

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 Besides making life easier for themselves, parents who help children overcome procrastination probably will see a rise in their kids' self-confidence.
Some of Emmett's tips for curtailing kids' procrastination:

    Set rules requiring children to finish chores and tasks right away. For example, "No TV until homework is done."
      Reinforce positives so kids don't procrastinate in order to receive negative attention. For example, a child might learn that if he does his homework when asked, it goes in his backpack with little comment. If he waits, he knows he'll get Mom's attention when she helps him finish at the last minute.

      Let children suffer the consequences of procrastination. Don't stay up late completing a science project they put off, for example, or do their chores for them because it's more work to hassle them about it.
      Give them motivation for completing a task or list of tasks without reminders. Let the child brainstorm rewards, which could include TV or computer time, car rides to activities, time with an adult, a trip to the park, telephone time, toys or clothes.


Rita, who was born the world's greatest procrastinator, has converted and is now a Recovering Procrastinator. For example, she took 18 years to complete her four-year bachelor's degree, but three years later Rita earned her Master's degree in Adult Learning while raising children, working at a counseling agency, and building her speaking business. Rita is a proud member of the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago. A few other things to know about Rita. She:
    •    has been presenting Keynotes and Seminars to businesses and organizations since 1978.
    •    has taught each of her topics as an eight-week course at Triton and Chicago City Colleges (was adjunct faculty at both for over 15 years), which gives her an enormous amount of material to select from when she customizes a talk for your people.
    •    was published in the Great Speakers Anthology in 1995, and has had dozens of articles published in magazines and newspapers.  
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    •    received the Business and Professional Women's "Woman of Achievement" award.
    •    worked 19 years at a counseling agency (she would like you to believe she started at age 10).
    •    every year is included in the Who's Who In American Education (since 1992), as well as Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the Midwest, The World Wide Who's Who of Women, and Who's Who of American Women.
    •    was the Keynote Speaker at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield, Illinois.
    •    serves on the Professional Women's Advisory Board of the American Biographical Institute.



here is so much patient kindness in it -- towards both adult helper and child procrastinator. I have yet to find one accusatory or blameful comment. Not a hint of a "tsk, tsk, tsk". It's all encouragement! That is wonderful!
    Jo-Anne Knight, Toronto, Canada

    The book is aimed at helping parents determine when a child is procrastinating and when they're just being children, and how to achieve balance between being too controlling and being permissive. Emmett's lighthearted style makes this an easy-to-read, helpful resource for parents.
    Vanessa Bush, Booklist, American Library Association.

    Rita, your book gave me the formulas, tips and advice to connect and influence my children like never before! Your wisdom has already positively impacted the lives of my children, and will continue for years to come! I've recommended this to my entire e-mail address book! Thank you!!!
    Pete Walkey, Indianapolis, IN

    The author advises how to encourage a child, get him organized and keep him on the right track, whatever his age. Helpful for dealing with both sluggish underachievers and anxious overachievers, the book uses witty anecdotes and clever guidelines to educate both parents and teachers. Neither group should put off putting its lessons to use.
    Jon Warech, New York Daily News

    Rita, Your book is wonderful! I love the practical information that can be applied immediately. The Procrastinating Child … will be great for both parents and teachers in helping children to succeed. It’s also fun to read and easy to follow.
    Debra Kimbrough, Child Care Consultant, ABC Workshops

    Rita, your chapter on clutter is wonderful! My students and I are using your ideas to help them get organized at school and at home. Good-bye messy desks and (hopefully) bedrooms - the place where homework is most often lost!!
    Nora Bennett, Teacher, Lakeside Middle School, Millville, NJ

    Rita, Leave it to you to write such a priceless treasure: Simple, and easy to apply. We'll be sharing this with all our friends.
    As parents of three girls (twin 3 yr. olds, and a 6 yr. old) and a 12 yr old son, this book not only addresses the procrastination problems we face as parents, it solves them!!! We took it immediately to the children’s staff at our church. You are a blessing.
    Kevin J and Lisa Stolicny, Tulsa, OK

    Lighthearted and rewarding, The Procrastinating Child is an invaluable resource.

    Your head will bob up and down as you read through these pages. Yes! Yes! But, what to do? Not a problem. The book is full of advice and counsel, including "Ideas to Discuss" and "Ideas in Action" at the end of each chapter. They're presented as a teamwork process; this is something you do WITH your child, not TO your child. This book is small (5.5 by 8 inches), but powerful. You can make a difference with the knowledge you gain in these pages-for your child and for yourself.
    Roger Herman, Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

    An adult ... like me... can easily say,,, "yeah, I can do this for
    me too". Totally unthreatening, because it addresses kids, so what’s to
    stop me trying it? This book is soooo simple. no psychology, just gentle  prodding ideas that encourage kids, even BIG ones, to go do it!
    Robert Jordan, Dublin, Ireland