Procrastination: Deal with it all in good time

Procrastination: Deal with it all in good time

by Diane Peters, Jeremy Tankard
     
 
Like everyone, kids sometimes put things off. It may be when they're tired, a task is unpleasant, or they simply don't know how to get started. Whatever the reason, procrastinating can create stress and conflict and erode the confidence of others. This book offers strategies for dealing with the conflicts that arise when people procrastinate.

Overview

Like everyone, kids sometimes put things off. It may be when they're tired, a task is unpleasant, or they simply don't know how to get started. Whatever the reason, procrastinating can create stress and conflict and erode the confidence of others. This book offers strategies for dealing with the conflicts that arise when people procrastinate.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
When the clock is ticking and you have procrastinated there is not much you can do except live through the stress and guilt. If procrastination is happening more than you want to admit, maybe you should be reading this book. Procrastination is not a victimless crime, as those around you suffer because of your actions or lack thereof. The delightful cartoon format engages the reader, no matter what age they are. There are sections about the reasons for putting things off such as the project is boring, challenging, or emotionally charged. "Procrastination is a habit you have developed" according to the book and a habit that can be changed. There are quizzes, letters to "Abby," myths, and engaging illustrations that keep you reading and learning. There is a section on perfectionists (and many procrastinators are secret perfectionists) and how this is an emotional and physical strain on everyone. All of the suggested do's and don'ts are easy to understand and implement. I learned a quote a long time ago that fits most procrastinators: "Never put off today what you can do tomorrow because tomorrow may not come and you won't have to do it anyway." Unfortunately, the consequences of non-actions will be felt by others even if you are not there. This would be a good book in libraries, counselors' and doctors' offices. Reviewer: RevaBeth Russell
VOYA - Debbie Clifford
These two titles are part of a series aimed at helping adolescents cope with many of the everyday problems that they encounter. Among the other topics covered in the series are bullying, fighting, gossip, and peer pressure. Each book starts with an example, in these cases, of teasing and procrastination. Then the term is defined and types of teasing or procrastination are illustrated in comic-strip form. The books use quizzes and Q&A to help teens identify whether they are guilty of teasing or procrastinating or if they are victims of either. Teens can then read tips on how to stop the negative behavior through lists of dos and don'ts, advice column-type articles, and further illustrations of how to handle different scenarios. The procrastination book also covers perfectionism. The basic aim of these books is worthwhile, and although the content is dead-on for young adult readers, the format will undoubtedly turn off those same readers. The print is overly large, giving the books a rather juvenile appearance. The books include a very short list of Web sites and help lines for further information as well as a lengthy list of other books on the topic. The authors do a fine job of assembling valuable information and including characters of varying ethnic makeup. It is disappointing that this information will probably reach few teen readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550289473
Publisher:
Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Series:
Lorimer Deal With It Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Jeremy Tankard is a Toronto-based, award-winning artist.

Diane Peters is also the author of Privacy: Deal with it like nobody's business and Girlness: Deal with it body and soul. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and daughter.

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