Podcast Episode 32: New Year's Resolutions for Family

Podcast Episode 32: New Year’s Resolutions for Families (and how we can teach our kids to avoid procrastination)

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 32 of The New Family Podcast on New Year’s Resolutions for Families!!

In this episode we’re tackling two topics that most of us struggle with at one time or another—procrastination and setting New Year’s resolutions that work. We all procrastinate at one time or another, and most of us know we complicate our lives when we put off tasks, but we put them off anyway for reasons explained to us today by our guest Dr. Timothy Pychyl. Tim is a professor in the department of psychology at Carleton University and author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle and the host of The iProcrastinate Podcast. He’s an expert in goal setting and on the connection between procrastination and well-being. He’s also a father of two, and as Tim says, it’s not always easy having Dr. Procrastination as your dad. He’s going to talk to us about how we can teach our children to avoid procrastination, what we can all learn about procrastination and how we might keep these principles in mind as we make New Year’s resolutions that will really stick.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with David.

Tim’s book Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change

Procrastination Research Group

Tim’s post “New Year’s Resolutions: Ringing in the New with the Old”

Tim’s Psychology Today Blog, “Don’t Delay”

Tim’s iProcrastinate Podcast

The Art of Procrastination by John Perry

Tim’s Favourite Parenting Advice:
“It’s to be consistent. Again, that harkens back to your own emotional regulation because anybody can freak out and say, ‘You’re grounded for life,’ and all these other stupid things that will come out of our mouths. In that advice is a lot of other strategies you have to evoke to get there to be consistent. But being in consistent in your emotional approach to your children, in the rules you set and how you set them, in the pattern of family life, I find that to be really important because it gives everyone a common ground which we share. I find that that was the best advice that was ever given to me.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here.


'Podcast Episode 32: New Year’s Resolutions for Families (and how we can teach our kids to avoid procrastination)' have 2 comments

  1. March 10, 2016 @ 4:14 am The New Family / Podcast Episode 52: Becoming a Dad at Age 50 - The New Family

    […] Episode 32, featuring Tim’s advice on teaching our kids to avoid procrastination […]

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    • July 18, 2016 @ 3:04 pm Mitch

      I really appreciated your thoughtful conversation with Tim (not David, as written above). After a relatively late marriage, infertility has delayed parenting for my wife and me even further. Aside from the difficulties of just trying to be parents, it raises lots of uncomfortable questions about our future family life and the wellbeing of our future kid(s)… so it was very helpful to hear Tim’s balanced (and joyful) view of parenting in his 50’s and beyond. Thanks to you both for doing this!

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