Step Model Productivity

Take a pledge, especially this month, to show your kids that you don't give up on a task even when things get difficult. Before starting a new task, make sure your child overhears you say,"I'm goin^ to work hard until I am successful." Modeling the trait is always the number one teaching method, so consciously tune up productivity in your behavior.Your kids need to see examples of serious work both in your house and out of it.This is the best way for them to understand that life isn't all fun; sacrifice and hard work are part of it too. And it's the best way to get ahead. Here are a few other ways you can set an example for your kids:

• Work when your kids work. When your kids do their homework, make a point of doing productive tasks such as reading, writing your correspondence, finishing financial business, or organizing to-do lists, not watching TV

• Model organization. Get your kids to go through the calendar and make priorities and lists with you.

• Show your responsibilities. Take the kids to your office or other workplace, or enlist them to help you in your household tasks (grocery shop, clean, make lists) so your kids see you work and understand what your day is about.

• Discuss work. Talk with your kids about work and how your day was.

• Talk about work responsibilities. Turn off the car radio, and talk about your day and theirs.

• Set a clear routine. Make a clear policy at home: work first, then play.

• Organize your chaos. Develop work space so your kids have their own "office space."

• Show interest in your kid's work. Take an interest in what your kid is working on and doing.

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