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How to Train Your Sibling: A Stepwise Approach

Dear Shayna B,

First of all, we are huge fans of your advice column! Our brother has a lot of homework and goes to sleep very late every night and we have a hard time waking him up in the morning!! We don’t know what to do! Please help us, Shayna B. You are our only hope!

Sleepy Siblings

Dear Sleepy Siblings,

It sounds like your brother is a person with a preference for procrastination. In situations such as these your brother needs to learn the importance of finishing his work early. The question is, how?

How to train your brother manual:

1. Set a 20-minute timer.

2. Give your brother a Hershey Kiss (or any “treat” he likes) every time he finishes a subject by the time the timer rings.

3. When your brother finishes all his homework, give him lots of praise. Within a few days he will be trained.

This manual has many other ways to train your brother, but l can’t write them all here so work off what you have. Always remember, with the right motivation anything is possible. You’ll either cure your brother of his lateness or his love of chocolate or both.

Best of luck,

Shayna B.


Shayna is a fourth grader and understands what kids in elementary school are going through. She is happy to help others navigate this tricky time. She can be reached at [email protected]. She is looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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