You would be surprised how often I hear it. You would be even more surprised that it frequently comes from parents of gifted kids. And you would not be surprised that mothers are worried about how these students will perform once they leave the safety net of home.
This lack of ability to get tasks done falls under many headings:
- Lack of concentration
- Poor executive functioning skills
- Interested only in enjoyable school subjects
- Inability to self-regulate
- Time management issues
- Lack of motivation for some subjects or tasks
- Troublesome procrastination
- Easily distracted
While these issues can affect any person, they seem to be particularly prevalent in boys. And, the older our child gets, the more concerned we become. As adults, we are only too aware of the vast number of tiny details that goes into making a life or succeeding in a career. We know that outsiders will not be patient with our child’s shortcomings. We fear that their potential will never be realized because they just can’t keep all the plates spinning in the air.
This was all certainly true of my son and I would like to tell you that I got it fixed while he was still under my roof. But that was not the case. It took my stubborn kid a long time to figure out that these things were going to impede him if he didn’t do something about it. So, he did. The result of that decision has been career satisfaction, happiness, and a desire to help others who struggle in the same way.
If you are interested in helping someone you love move past these roadblocks, check out the story of how my young professional took back his life.
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