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How To Deal With A Child Who Is Chronically Late To Everything

How To Deal With A Child Who Is Chronically Late To Everything

Harvey Hoyo (President, California School Counselors Association) gives expert video advice on: What can I do about a child who is chronically late to everything?

What can I do about a child who is chronically late to everything?

You need to address chronic tardiness because chronic tardiness is really a poor work habit. It's a poor method of operating. If you are purposely late, sometimes it is not conscious so that's why you really have to look at the causes of that. As a good parent, or as a good teacher, there will be consequences for coming in tardy, five minutes, or whatever the tardiness is. Those need to happen but you can't stop with the normal consequences. You have to do the probing as to figuring out why, and you have to address those reasons and usually with chronic tardiness there's other factors involved. So you need to, as a good parent, involve the classroom teacher, the local school councilor, perhaps a principal also, in trying to help remediate that at the very beginning.