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How to motivate my extremely lazy 12-year-old?

This sounds like a scarily accurate description of me when I was that age. So I'll give you my personal insight. The lying is most likely a way to get you ,or anyone else, to leave him alone ,even if ...
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How to motivate my extremely lazy 12-year-old?

Motivation and punishment do not mean the same things to you as they do for your teen. Yes, you still will have expectations for getting chores and homework done, but perhaps your interest in them ...
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Ways to earn money for 4 years old

I like the general idea of the approach, but not some of the specifics. For example, for every tantrum she throws minus 20c Please don't charge your child for showing emotion, even if she does it to ...
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How can I talk with my parents about the amount of chores they expect me to do?

I'm starting to feel like some kind of Cinderella. You are some kind of Cinderella. I think you are being asked to do way too much. How can I bring this up with my parents? There are two ways to ...
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Effective chore management system for large family

While I am not from a blended family, what helped my sister and I avoid fighting over chores was to have them be assigned to one of us when we were high school / college aged. For example: Me: Sort ...
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What to do when an 8-year-old is not motivated by rewards?

Rewards can actually be counterproductive. In psychology this is known as extrinsic versus intrinsic motivation. And yes, its very common. I well recall being forced to tidy my room and sit down to do ...
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Can my mother charge me money for not doing what she says?

I think the question here is, do you want to be an adult? If the answer is "yes" then you need to sit down with your mother and ask to agree some basic rules. The main points will be: Who does ...
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My kid slops through her chores or takes forever to do it. I've tried everything

Patience. If you have patience, then your first idea should work, eventually. But it requires patience on your part to let her learn for herself. She sounds a lot like my five year old, sometimes....
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How to motivate my extremely lazy 12-year-old?

Motivation comes from three things Autonomy Mastery Purpose Autonomy is the need to control your life. You have to have the power to choose what to do or how to do it. If there are chores, let him ...
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Ways to earn money for 4 years old

What we did was a combination of 1 and 2, at that age. 3 is harder, I think, and I don't really agree with penalizing monetarily for behavior at 4 years old; it's too much out of her control still at ...
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How do you get your kids to do their chores at home?

At that age, supervision is probably the right thing to do, except with very basic chores. And they may well get them only partially done before being distracted etc. Until they are older it is ...
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How do you get your kids to do their chores at home?

By far, in my experience, the best way to maintain discipline in the long run is to reward good behavior, i.e. positive reinforcement! Your end goal is to build consistency. If you manage to engage ...
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How to make my 8-year-old son repay for a broken item?

If your son know the rules in advance and understood that this was not the way to treat the device, then a consequence is fair. If you are feeling like charging him isn't the way to go, you might give ...
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Effective chore management system for large family

My parents' solution was to divide up the chores into four types: Chores everyone works on once the relevant parent announces that that chore is being performed: sorting and folding laundry (when a ...
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How to motivate my extremely lazy 12-year-old?

You did not mention any friends. Is there any chance to organize a sleepover with a couple of friends or schoolmates? It would be even better if he stays at someone else's house. He would have a ...
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Can my mother charge me money for not doing what she says?

OK, I'll bite. Is this allowed? Legally speaking, this probably isn't 'legal' because there is no preexisting contract stipulating fines for future events unless you agreed to these conditions ...
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What to do when an 8-year-old is not motivated by rewards?

Children are very different in how their motivations work. I have two, one who is very externally motivated (i.e., what you describe above would work perfectly for him), and one who is more ...
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Effective chore management system for large family

This is a great time to break out the whiteboards (assuming you have any). A few sheets of paper with all involved parties sitting at the same table also could suffice. Start by making a list of all ...
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My kid slops through her chores or takes forever to do it. I've tried everything

There is a possibility your child may have ADHD1, but they would need to see a specialist for diagnosis and help with any treatment. A small caveat, while I am not a medical professional but I am a (...
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How do you get your kids to do their chores at home?

Don't make it look like chores! The easiest way to make a child to do their chores is to make it a fun experience. Make the "unfun" part just a part of the bigger process of doing something fun. ...
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How important is it for a mother to have help around the house when she has several young children?

Trust your wife. If she has chosen to be a stay-at-home mom, don't micromanage her. If she feels up to the task of running your busy household (three small children) without help, let her thrive. If ...
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Ways to earn money for 4 years old

At 4 years old the big thing you want to teach is simply what money is for and how to use it. Let her experience: Having money, including knowing how much. The idea that money comes in coins and ...
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Using food to make son do chores

Generally, connecting food to other things (punishmend or praise) can cause issues that influence eating-habits that can last for all of life. Since your boys are 15 or older, you likely will not ...
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My 9 year old son has to take a bath and bathe 4 year old step brother, is it ok?

This depends on too many details to have a direct Yes or No answer. Can a nine year old have some responsibilities for the household, and be held accountable for those responsibilities? Absolutely. My ...
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Age Appropriate Chores for 6 Year Old

WebMD lists the following as age appropriate chores: Sort laundry Sweep floors Set and clear table Help make and pack lunch Weed and rake leaves Keep bedroom tidy In addition to the chores they ...
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Should i be taking care of my siblings all the time?

I'm going to present to you a few different schools of thought for this situation. I'm not sure which one is going to be most appropriate to you, perhaps a blending of them will be necessary. You've ...
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How can I positively affect my underage roommate?

I think you are beginning to see why he had problems with his family. At this point I think you have three choices, and you need to make a clear decision about which way to go, and a commitment to ...
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My kid slops through her chores or takes forever to do it. I've tried everything

The only thing I can think of past the excellent ideas you have already tried -- is timing/using a schedule. If she knows on Sunday what the schedule looks like for the week, and her chores are ...
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How to make my 8-year-old son repay for a broken item?

If he is to pay for the screen protector, don't force him by taking from his allowance. Allow him to decide what amount to give you until it's paid. Of course, within reason. Taking the money seems ...
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