Sunday, May 23, 2010

Positive Discipline Tool Card - Take Time For Training

Training is an important part of teaching children life skills.

Don’t expect children to know what to do without step-by-step training. What do you mean by clean?

1) Kindly explain the task as you perform it, while your child watches.
2) Do the task together.
3) Have your child do it by herself while you supervise.
4) When she feels ready let her perform the task on her own.

I'm sitting here in Starbucks posting this blog entry while my kids wait patiently in the car. Dad needed a break and so we are currently on our way back from Grandma's house. Grandma was kind enough to watch the kids while I went to Vegas for a little R&R. And you know what they say...What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But I wanted to be sure and post this weeks Positive Discipline Tool Card. Take Time For Training is a great follow-up to the "Jobs" tool card and I believe is a critical element.

Last week my kids were very excited about creating a Job Wheel, which was a pleasant surprise. I know the actual completion of the weekly jobs will not be quite so exciting to them, but with Summer right around the corner they are going to have plenty of time to contribute. So I plan to implement the idea of taking time for training so eventually the process of completing the jobs will go smoothly.

Well I'm sure there is some screaming, hitting, and arguing going on in the car right now so I had better get going. So much for the R&R which never lasts too long for a single dad. :-)

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