In rearing a family, sometimes one of the habits that is inculcated is procrastination. Matters arise that need immediate attention but they are postponed to a later date or time. It is always felt that it will be more convenient to settle those matters later. This habit can be devastating, and can also be a deterent to self-improvement and later to a successful life.
It is not always easy to identify the habit of procrastination, because it seems so simple to just stay in the comfort zone by putting off what needs to be done now for a later date or time. The ramifications of this habit does not dawn upon the one who is practising it initially, until the effects are felt. These effects can leave indelible scars on all involved in the situations in which procrastination is practised.
Parents and guardians should model the behaviors they want their children to display. Children are good immitators of what they see and hear, so if they live in an environment in which procrastination is the order of the day,then they too will be procrastinators, and wil soon discover that lost time will never be regained.
There are times when a parent or guardian may observe that his or her child's behavior needs modification, but he or she may put this in the back burner, by saying, "I'll deal with this the next time it happens", or he or she may say, "This child is young. He or she doesn't know what he or she is doing." Procastinating to modify this behavior may be too late, because the next time it occurs it can be embarrassing to the parent or guardian, or it can be detrimental to the child.
Time spent with the family is known as 'quality time' which is an essential ingredient for raising a successful family, but many parents and guardians view this differently. They are of the opinion that being able to spend their time working at two and more jobs to provide their children with material things and being able to live like the 'Jones's' is their way of raising successful families. So, they put off spending time with their families until they can provide them with the luxurious amenities. Unfortunately, by that time, the children become alienated and seek to find ways in which to fill the void their parents or guardians have created.
Some of these voids are filled by gang members, some by falling prey to pornography on the internet, or by being involved in alternative life styles. All these occur because procrastination is the thief of time. What can we do to alleviate this horrible habit of procrastination ? Do not put off what we can do now to a later date or time, and let these words resound in our ears,"Procrastination is the Thief of Time."
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