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How to Handle a Dawdling Student

2020-04-04 04:48:51/Jenni & Jody

Any homeschool parent who has ever faced the challenge of trying to motivate an unmotivated student -- or worse, a distracted and dawdling homeschooled student -- knows the frustrations and doubts it can stir about ourselves, our child, and homeschooling in general.

Today’s guest offers great insights into some of the things that may be happening when our students are distracted or dawdling, and some of them are just downright surprising. But when we can put our finger on the pulse of what is really going on, we can help our kids focus and find new ways to motivate them to learn.

“You have to start thinking about, ‘Okay, what is the motivation?’ because every behavior has a motivator. It might not be a positive motivator. But there is a motivator. There is a reason your child is doing what she is doing, and you have to determine what that is.”

Dr. Melanie Wilson

It’s a serious topic, but our guest brings such a light-hearted, non-judgmental, and practical approach that you will surely leave today’s podcast feeling uplifted and inspired.

Dr. Melanie Wilson is a Christian psychologist turned homeschooling mother of six. She has homeschooled for 20 years and now has three graduates. She credits God and her husband of 27 years with any success she has had in her homeschooling journey.

Melanie is the blogger behind, and she podcasts at She is the author of The Organized Homeschool Life, A Year of Living Productively, and Grammar Galaxy language arts curriculum. Dr. Melanie is passionate about sharing sanity savers with homeschooling moms.

Tune in to this meaningful discussion, and share it with your friends and fellow homeschoolers.

After listening, you are going to want to stay plugged in to Dr. Melanie. Here’s how:

“They're not bad; you're not bad, and there is a solution to motivating your child that's a positive solution that doesn't involve ever-increasing punishment.”

Dr. Melanie

Dr. Melanie Wilson is the author of A Year of Living Productively: Weekly Experiments in Getting More Done and Grammar Galaxy: Fast, Easy & Fun Language Arts for Elementary Students.

As you tune in, you’ll get to hear our super cool theme music. All of the music on the C2C Podcast was written, performed and produced by Jenni’s daughter Sky. Be sure to visit her on Instagram.

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