Day 14 - Set a good example
‘Try your best.'
'Have a go. Don't give up.'
'Don't just sit around watching television, go out and find something fun to do.'
'See if you can work it out for yourself.'
We've all said these things to our children. But do we truly embody these values ourselves? What do our children see us do all day? This sets the pattern for their attitude to learning as much as any well-considered activity.
My children rarely see me write. I work from a laptop. I tell the five-year-old to sit down and practise his handwriting, but if he thinks that writing is no use to a grown-up, what incentive does he have to do it?
By far the best way to get your child to do something is for them to see you doing it.
Set a good example. Have an enquiring mind. Try to find things out, or even better, work them out for yourself. Model good behaviour and make it explicit. Make sure your child understands that you're doing it.
You'll be laying down good habits for life.
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