“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
–Robert Louis Stevenson
Parenting Practice: Fostering Behavior Change
Think about the behavior you’d like your kids to change. How can you apply this week’s tips to it?
- How can you help your kids clone a bright spot? (“What did you do yesterday, when you DIDN’T forget your homework?”)
- Are you setting clear enough expectations? (“Don’t be so messy” vs. “Put your clothes in the hamper.”)
- Can you appeal to a new identity? (“If you want to be like Taylor Swift, you’ll have to practice a lot more!”)
- How can you appeal to emotions? (Evoking compassion for polar bears to encourage turning lights off.)
- How can you change the environment? Remember, making an environmental change will be more effective than expecting self-control in many situations. (Move kids out of poking distance.)
- What action triggers can you set? (As soon as you walk through the door, hang up your back pack.)
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