GOAL SLOGAN: I PRACTICE SELF-MOTIVATION
SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
The questions below are designed to help you think about how you can help from home with the skills development programme your child is taking part in.
- Do you encourage your children to do tasks that require effort?
- Do you help them to understand why they have to do things?
- Are we ‘living examples’, are we involved in and motivated by what we do?
- Do your children see that when a problem arises you leave your work or obligations to attend to it?
HOW CAN WE HELP?
The suggestions below show when personal parental involvement is necessary. The aim of the subjects proposed is to demonstrate where you might be able to support your child and help him to work on developing this month’s skill.
- When expressing disappointment for something that has not gone well, try to act as the essence – the living memory of their most inspired moments. If your child got bad marks in maths today, remind him of his excellent marks just a few days previously.
- Pay attention to and show respect for their own personal struggle, especially in things that have not turned out well. If you see that he is having difficulty in progressing with a task, Instead of saying “it’s easy, look, all you have to do is do it like this”, try to put things into perspective with words like “this job is really complicated, so you need to pay attention and concentrate.”
- Don’t become agitated or angry when your child cries, screams or throws a tantrum. You need to deal with these situations calmly, and try to calm them down by voicing their feelings out loud (“Wow, I see that you’re angry”) and seeking a conversation where your child can objectively express what is wrong.
- Explain to your children why we often do tasks that are difficult or that we dislike.