Would you like your child to be more responsible, hardworking, and persistent? Here are idea for working as a family to help your youngster develop these important traits.
A GROUP APPROACH
Thinking of herself as a "team player" can encourage your child to be responsible. Explain that your family operates as a team. Everyone must play a part to get things done. Example: you take her shopping for her clothes and sports equipment. She chooses her outfit each morning and keeps track of her bat and glove.
HARD WORKERS WANTED
Your youngster probably has regular chores to do. You can motivate her to work extra hard by placing "want ads" on the refrigerator. Choose a challenging job, and offer a benefit. Example: "Wanted--a hardworking family member to clean out a corner of the basement. Reward-- a nice place for kids to play."
STICKING IT OUT
Working toward small goals can make it easier to complete a big task. Perhaps your family room needs a fresh coat of paint. Write down the steps (move furniture and lay down drop cloths, prepare walls, roll paint on walls, paint trim). Tell your child you'll take a fun break after each step is done (go to the playground, take a bike ride).