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Child and Parenting Counsellor - Answered on Aug 10, 2023

Dr Aarti Bakshi is a psychologist licensed by the Rehabilitation Council of India.
A school counsellor, she has worked for 15 years with young adults.
She has two PhD degrees -- developmental psychology from Global Institute of Healthcare Management and clinical psychology from Singhania University.
She is on the CBSE panel for counsellors and special educators. She collaborates with SAAR Education to help children develop life skills.
She has authored SEL (social emotional learning) journals for Grades 1-8.... more
Shaurya Question by Shaurya on Aug 09, 2023Hindi
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Hi...I feel totally stuck in life...I am helpless. I don’t know what to do in such situation. The problem is I have a son who is 17 yrs old and studding in +2(Non-med) and preparing for JEE Mains. He doesn’t want to study; wants to stay at home on pretext of preparing for +2 class studies. He is not even studying at home. We can clearly see that but he refuses to go out for studies whether to school or for tuition. We have given mobile and laptop for or online courses for Jee Main exams, but every time he is misusing these Gadgets He doesn’t study for a single minute at home. At least 5-6 years have passed. He’s not even attending his regular college for studies. All he wants is to stay at home. He refuses to step out from his comfort zone and has become too aggressive and abusive when we say any thing to him or we take away his mobile or Laptop. Please guide me what I can do to motivate him to study. Thank you.

Ans: Kindly connect with a developmental paediatrician to rule out 'technology addiction'.
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The message to him from you as parents is loud and clear: Keep procrastinating by enrolling for new courses and then be in the comfort of home while you do this, and we will be absolutely okay with it.

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