ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Life Skill: Hard Work & Detemination

Monday, January 18, 2010

Life Skill: Hard Work & Detemination

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All the so-called "secrets of success" will not work unless you do. ~Author Unknown
There is nothing more satisfying than working hard toward an important goal and accomplishing it with a team or on your own. Often as parents we are tempted to make it easy for our kids by giving more advice and assistance than we should. Yet, part of our responsibility as parents and teachers is to train children for life and to give them the message that they are capapble.

~Teach children to break big goals into small steps that make hard work motivating with simple rewards along the way.

~Give children opportunity to see you working hard along side them.

~Give encouragement, avoid all critisism

~Talk to your children about their opinions of hard work vs. good luck

"We parents face the challenge of needing to create opportunities to work rather than just having them presented to us."

Start a project that is sure to teach yoru children about hard work:
~Start a home garden
~Build a multistep project with legos or another model building set
~Require independent chores

The happyhome club has printable family activities focusing on perseverance which includes conversation starters, a game, and a celebratory dinner.

What are you doing with the children in your home, and your classroom, to teach the values of hard work and determination.

For a fantastic list of picture books on determination you will appreciate the reference found on the Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University.


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