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Mathari Oct 29, 2018

How can I make my 16 year old follow a routine?

Roopa M Nov 20, 2018


At 16 they already have imbibed many qualities and have a personality and mind of their own.. It becomes harder if they are reluctant to follow a routine that we have come up with. They might do it once or twice but then they might not take it seriously.
I had a similar problem and I approached the tuition teacher for help, as tenth std. needs a lot of discipline. She actually sat down and helped the child make a time table for the month and it worked.
It was a flexible time table but the child was involved also in charting out..
Try and see what works. Sometimes their friends also help. If all of them sit and chart out a plan to study, follow a routine, and help each other, it will be a success to a large extent.
Hope this helps:-)

Rukmani Oct 30, 2018

My elder son is 2010 born... I haven't supported in his prev school... Now he is studying in 4th std in a good reputated school... But he is not able to read any words... He is not showing interest also... He is full hyper active... He plays, jumps... But when u call for studies, he becomes upset,sometimes starts crying also. Every school will pass the students till 8th.. But after that, what is the question which makes me worry.
Please advice me...

Suriyaprabha Nov 5, 2018


Nothing to worry. Can tell if he finishes studying means we can play together. And find out in which sport he is showing more interest and you can support him. When he listens you make him understand if he study well you will take him through which he likes

Roopa M Nov 16, 2018


Reading is very important. It introduces kids to a whole world of vocabulary and improves their language.
Only when he is comfortable with reading, he will read and understand subjects like Social studies, science etc.,
From my experience, it's better to start reading to them as early as possible and as they start phonics, make them read all kind of interesting reading materials (books,comics, etc.,) Never say let us study as this is making him upset. For instance, if your son is interested in cricket , get him books related to cricket or cricket stars..He will naturally pick those books. If he can't read the book yet, you read it to him. If he is interested in spider man, get him spider man books. The idea is to make him read as much as possible.
Read anything and everything like billboards, advertisements, something on the streets or while travelling.
Come up with creative ideas...Like tell him to make a grocery list as you are too busy and you need help. Let him write...Onions,coriander etc., and help him with the spelling.
May be ask him to make a list of friends and classmates as you need the list for something important. While writing check the spelling..
Just a few ideas for you to work with. Hope this helps.

Arun Sharma Oct 26, 2018

Some children are slow in completing tasks like dressing up or completing home work, while some do things quickly. Is it okay to ask children who are slow to pick up pace?

Team ParentCircle Oct 29, 2018

@Arun Sharma

I have a similar question. My child often finds it difficult or takes more to do daily activities like bathing, eating, dressing. But he is quick in activities he likes. I observed this only recently and wanted to know if this is ok.

Rashmi Nagendran Nov 1, 2018

@Arun Sharma

takes more time*

kavitha Nov 3, 2018

@Arun Sharma

It is always good to understand time management. The early the children are helped to manage time the better. This helps them in their lives. Very young children may take time to wear their own clothes or completing their work. There could be multiple reasons for that. They might not know the nuances of the task, might not be interested in the work. You ve got to observe and help accordingly.

Monali Bordoloi Oct 29, 2018

How do I stop my daughter's obsession with all things Barbie? She plays with her Barbie dolls for hours together. Now, she has started speaking in a strange Barbie accent too. I feel it is a bad influence for her. What to do?