Creating a Possitive Work Environment

RAISING RESPONSIBLE CHILDREN — Creating a Positive Atmosphere

Everyone knows about the "three R’s”.  Did you know there is a fourth "R”?  Responsibility!  And did you realize that parents are primarily charged with the teaching of that skill and value?  It’s true.  For example, teachers teach children how to read.  Parents teach children to love reading.  Teachers teach children math.  Parents teach children the relevance of math in everyday life.

Although anytime is a good to time to teach a child to be responsible, the summer months provide the best opportunity for parents to influence their children.  Schedules are more relaxed, there is more free time, and parents usually have a greater chance to model, instruct, and coach a child on responsible behaviors and attitudes.  This is the first in a series of three blogs that will address teaching children to work and be responsible:
      • Creating a positive work environment
      • A child’s readiness for responsibility
      • A child’s work space
The positive working atmosphere requires help from two parties—parents and children. Each group has very specific responsibilities in building a good working atmosphere.  We’ll address parents, since they are the people we have control over.  A parent’s attitude, methods and approach go a long way to encourage dependability and initiative while building confidence and lifetime work ethics in children. 

POSITIVE EXPRESSION—Children express their feelings in whatever way they can to get the desired results.  Because negative behavior elicits a quick response by us, a child learns to act negatively when he is frustrated.  

If we want our children to express themselves in a positive way we need to teach them how.  Concentrate on the good things your children do instead of the bad.  Use positive feedback instead of criticism.  If you concentrate on this principle alone, you will be astonished at the increase of love and cooperation in your home.

THE POWER OF TOUCH—Positive touch is one of the most discrete and effective ways to improve a child’s behavior.  Just by ruffling hair or touching a shoulder as they pass can build strong relationships.

—Be consistent in fulfilling your responsibilities in the home.  You are the example of what you expect from your family—and provide rules that let your children know what is acceptable behavior:
  • Where do they work on messy projects?
  • Where are they allowed to eat?
  • Where are they allowed to dress?
  • Where do dirty clothes go?
  • When should their rooms be clean?
  • What are chore deadlines
PROVIDE CONSEQUENCES—Meaningful deadlines are one of the most effective tools for developing good work habits because they have a built in reward and punishment system.  For instance—children are not allow to eat breakfast until they are dressed and tasks are completed.  If they doddle they chance having a cold breakfast, missing breakfast completely or fixing their own.

These are but a few of the techniques used to motive children.  Check out Mary Ann's book, Teaching Children to Work to learn more about about how to help you and your kids develop a positive work relationship.  You will discover that there is a big difference between praise and encouragement, between an incentive and a bribe, and learn ways to identify your child’s level of responsibility and what role you must play to encourage further growth.

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