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How to Cope with Lack of Motivation in Teens

November 9, 2012

How to Cope with Lack of Motivation in Teens

How to Cope with Lack of Motivation in Teens

It can happen overnight. One day, your child is pleasant, cooperative, and enthusiastic about learning. The next day, well, not so much. It can happen to boys and girls. It’s common, but that doesn’t make it easier for parents to deal with. What do you do with a child who will only do the bare minimum, and really isn’t interested in learning?

Some teenagers will remain pleasant and generally cooperative, but will do everything in a uniquely slow-as-molasses way, with a seemingly complete lack of motivation.  That’s when parents look heavenward, asking the age-old question, “Now what?”

Sometimes this may be “just a phase” – as if the kids are checking to see who is REALLY the boss, and what REALLY matters to Mom and Dad. If that is the case, then the solution is to wait until the phase is over. Bummer, I know, because as a parent it feels like nails on the chalkboard all day, every day. Sometimes it will last just a couple of weeks, while the child (or parent) figures out what adjustments have to be made.  Other times the lack of motivation lasts for months – or even a year – until the child finds something that really sparks an interest. Read the entire article, How to Cope with Lack of Motivation in Teens. Together we will commiserate, brainstorm, assess, and most importantly – look for solutions!


  1. Laura says:

    What a great article, Lee. Even though my youngest still doesn’t LOVE school, she is much more motivated to work hard since I let her join the local Christian Youth Theater group. She has found her passion and while I sometimes think the schedule of school work, working at an after-school club (day care) and theater rehearsals seem like too much for a 16 yr. old, she is loving it and thriving more than ever before. She NEEDED to be involved in something that got her heart beating faster in order to become more motivated. There is hope!

    November 9th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  2. Lee says:

    Thank you, Laura!

    November 11th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

  3. karen says:

    I have been dealing with this for a year now. Its heartbreaking because he is so intelligent.

    May 19th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

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