Step Reinforce Effort and Productivity

Once your child has begun to make a real effort to overcome his lazy attitude, stay with him every step of the way with continuing support, reinforcement, and appreciation. Regular praise can make work seem less like work. Pride in accomplishment can go a long way. Here are some ways to reinforce your kid's productivity and effort:

• Appreciating effort. "Every time you play that piece, it's sounding a little bit better. Keep up the good practice."

• Praising the product. "Nice job on making your bed. The quilt looks so much better on the bed than on the floor."

• Expressing pride in front another adult. "Hey, Norma, doesn't the car look great? Eddie did such a good job on the hub caps."

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