DON’T ASK “WHY?” INSTEAD, ASK “HOW CAN WE FIX IT?”
Your teen will probably have no more idea why they are avoiding the task than you do, so asking them “why…?” is often futile and this is sometimes what leads to the arguments.
At the root of the procrastination will be an emotion – upset, sadness, fear, boredom, resentment, anxiety or frustration. Ask them instead what it is that they are REALLY trying to avoid.
Once your teen recognises this emotion and names it, it can often be quickly and easily released.