Many children are in a constant state of rushing.

How to Slow Down a Child Who Rushes Through Everything

by Sara Ipatenco

Many children get so excited about getting to do something fun that they rush through their current responsibilities just to get them over with. While there is some validity to finishing with undesirable tasks, such as chores and homework, it's also important that your child complete each of his responsibilities to the best of his ability. As Julia Luckenbill notes on the National Association for the Education of Young Children website, slowing down can teach your child, and you for that matter, to appreciate the world and all it has to offer.

Sit down with your child and discuss your expectations. Tell your child that you expect him to take his time on his homework and demonstrate what you mean when you tell him to do his chores to the best of his ability. According to, you play an integral role in how your child approaches work and everyday tasks. By outlining your expectations, your child is better able to understand what he will have to do to move on to the next activity.

Create a schedule for your child, the Educational Connections, Inc. website recommends. Include blocks of time to complete homework, a short amount of time to do chores and plenty of time for her to pursue her hobbies and passions. When your child knows that she has a chunk of time to meet her obligations, she's more likely to slow down because she realizes that there will be time to do other things later.

Set the timer. Establish a reasonable amount of time for your child to do his homework, chores and other activities and then set the timer for that long as soon as he starts, the Great Schools website suggests. Tell your child that he won't be able to move on to something else until the timer goes off. This forces your child to stay present in his current activity because he knows he's not off the hook until his designated time is up.

Compliment and praise your child when he takes his time and does his best work. Children naturally want to meet the expectations of their parents and other adults in authority, so when you take the time to notice his efforts to slow down, he's more likely to repeat that behavior in the future.


  • Be patient. It can take time for your child to change his rushing ways and appreciate the benefits of slowing down and taking his time. Be consistent and it will happen eventually.

About the Author

Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.

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