What is the target audience for this book?
Not Now, Maybe Later is geared for parents of procrastinators, and for anyone who wants to help kids understand and deal with procrastination tendencies. Teachers, psychologists, and counsellors will also find abundant strategies to assist children who put things off, have difficulty meeting expectations (their own or that of others), or exhibit avoidance behavior. Families can poke through the book together, and kids can ponder the information and the more than 250 tips that Dr. Foster provides.
What is the main focus of this book?
Not Now, Maybe Later is about procrastination, and what to do about it. How can adults help kids overcome procrastination tendencies? Dr. Joanne Foster has plenty of answers to that question! For example, she delves into children’s ways of being and ways of doing; the nature of success, failure, stress, and self-regulation; procrastination at different ages and stages of development; perfectionism; daily avoidance; how kids can get on track, and the five Ms – mastery orientation and challenge, mindset, metacognitive capacities, motivation, and meaningful relationships. Plus, the author provides resources and a wide range of suggestions that are sensible and doable.
How many pages are there in this book?
There are 197 pages in Not Now, Maybe Later.
Why is Dr. Foster qualified to have written this book?
Dr. Foster has been writing about procrastination for many years, and she has presented on the topic at numerous conferences as well. She has taught about the importance of motivation in multiple venues, including classrooms, teacher-training facilities, parenting forums, professional panels, and various other groupings. Motivation and productivity are two foundational aspects underlying Not Now, Maybe Later, and Dr. Foster has infused integral information on these two key aspects in her work spanning decades.
What supplementary resources can readers find in this book?
The book is organized in a way that informs readers, and then arms them with practical tips. Not Now, Maybe Later is about procrastination AND what to do to overcome it—with suggestions throughout. There are helpful checklists, compelling quotes, and some vivid accounts of children’s lived experiences. The reference section (pp. 165 – 71) has over one hundred useful entries, plus there is a very fulsome endnote section (pp. 173 – 187) addressing material chapter by chapter. Finally, there is a handy index with hundreds of key topics (pp. 189 – 196).
What kinds of reviews has this book received?
Reviews of Not Now, Maybe Later are very complimentary, and include the following comments: “a terrific addition to the shelf of child-rearing counsel,” and “a wonderful resource” and “offers parents and their children positive, practical insights on procrastination, what it feels like, where it comes form, and how to work through it.” One prominent reviewer says this book “establishes Dr. Foster as a premier Life Skills coach for modern parents,” another reviewer compliments her “lively engaging style,” and yet another says, “this is a book every parent will want to read!”
Are there any illustrations or charts in this book?
There are over twenty figures (or bulleted charts) in Not Now, Maybe Later, including a comprehensive checklist of reasons for procrastinating; interesting descriptors of 24 different procrastination personas; tips for finding positivity; dos and don’ts for parents; dos and don’ts for children; success stories; and many other features.
How can I see samples of the content of this book?
There is an “Excerpts” tab on the Not Now, Maybe Later book page on this website.
Is there a book club guide or other online material that supplements this book?
The material in Not Now, Maybe Later lends itself to thoughtful conversations about procrastination, and any of the chapters’ content or checklists would springboard a lively book club discussion. The extensive references and endnotes also lead readers to many supplementary resources. Plus, Dr. Foster’s book Bust Your BUTS is a “next step” and fine complement to Not Now, Maybe Later, empowering kids to take responsibility for their procrastination by understanding reasons for it, and by learning how to effectively address it.