Amazing Kids! Magazine

Procrastination Problem

By Brenda Aceves, age 11, San Pablo

 

A long time ago in October, my sister was on her phone (as usual) as soon as my mom left to work. It was raining hard, and I thought I was getting delusional when I thought there might be lightning (because it was raining very hard) that day. I first did my homework, since I could relax later when it was all done. Next, I decided to read for an hour and relax.

My sister, on the other hand was still on her phone. She had not finished one ounce of her homework. Around 7:00 or 8:00 P.M. she barely began doing her work.

“You’re barely doing your homework now?” I asked her.

“Yes, now leave,” my sister rudely said.

“Okay, but don’t be so mean about it,” I replied.

“Whatever,” my sister told me.

After I left my sister’s room, I wondered why she was being so mean today. It took me less than 5 seconds to realize that she was like this every single day – mean as a witch.

Later I looked up a word to describe my sister’s homework-delaying behavior. This is called “procrastinate” or “procrastination.”  It was becoming a big problem in her life.

The next day my sister asked me to help her with another one of her life’s problems. Again.

“Can you please help me stop procrastinating? It’s become a really BIG problem,” she said.

And, of course, I agreed to help her.

“So, if you didn’t know, procrastinating is-,”

“I already know what it means,” I chimed in.

Everyone has flaws, and it’s understandable to be a bit slow, but my sister was as slow as a sloth when came to doing homework right away. When my dad came back from work, I asked him if he thought I should help my sister with her procrastination problem, but he said no.

He said that my sister should learn to deal with her own problems. I had to admit that was true, plus my sister always treated me badly even after I helped her with her problems. Nevertheless, she is my sister, and sisters help each other out, right? After that talk I had with my dad I realized that I had a choice to make. I can either help my sister or let her deal with her problem alone.

A few hours later, I chose to help my sister. She really needed it.  I decided that my sister should let me take away all of her electronics until she finishes her homework. That way she will have to do her homework before she can do whatever she wants with her phone.

A few days passed. Then my sister told me she had to go on a field trip and attend volleyball practice, and on top of that complete a lot of homework.

“Today I have volleyball practice, back-to-school night and a lot of homework!” she announced.

“What time is the back-to-school night?” I asked.

“Seven o’clock.”

“Do your homework in the meantime.”

“Okay, I hope I can finish my homework.”

Later she told me she finished most of her homework and wanted a break. Since she was improving, I agreed to let her watch videos for a while. After a few more minutes of talking, she left to go to her school. Then she started to do her homework again. By bedtime she was done.

For the next few weeks, my sister continued with the same system for her homework. My dad told me it was a great thing that I helped her out. He said that he had thought that my sister would never change. We were both glad she stopped procrastinating. Now my dad and I know a valuable lesson: people can truly change.