‘Lazy’ kids could just be unmotivated

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Illustration (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Do you have a problem with your child spending too much time glued to the TV? Is it a struggle to get them active on the sports field or performing optimally in the classroom?

Perhaps you think they’re just lazy. But, warns Cape Town educational psychologist Retha Kruger, this sort of behaviour isn’t always caused by laziness. “Seeing your child as lazy is a change of mind-set,” she explains. “So instead of thinking about them as lazy, rather ask yourself if they could be unmotivated.”

'So instead of thinking about them as lazy, rather ask yourself if they could be unmotivated.'

According to Retha, it’s lack of motivation rather than inherent laziness which adversely affects kids’ behaviour.

And although it can be frustrating, there are simple ways to solve the problem.