7 Practices to Help Your Child Build Good Habits
Start small! Be intentional about what habits you want to begin to develop in your child. Start small during the first month. Success can create a wave of momentum into other areas of their life.
Choose well! Make sure and be intentional with where you begin. Make a list of attitudes and behaviors you believe are important. Group the like items and then prioritize the list so you have a map to begin.
Learn to wear the right hat! Parents wear many hats. It is important that we learn when our kids need us to be disciplinarian, coach, friend, and task keeper. Every child is unique in what brings out their performance. Choosing to wear the right hat at the right time helps you get the most out of your child.
Repeat daily! Habits are developed daily. Consistency is difficult, especially if you have more than one child. Make sure and follow up regularly so that it will become a consistent response from your child.
Know the benefits! Make sure you know why the habit is important. Giving your child a picture or story to see the benefits is important. They need to move beyond the “because I said so” if they are going to repeat these behaviors without you around.
Share the pain! Just as your child understanding the benefits of the new behavior, it is important to understand the pain of not following through with the actions. Sometimes it is only by wanting move away from the pain of irresponsibility that new habits are formed.
Catch the positive! Nothing speaks louder than positive reinforcement. Have fun with your praise and support. Make sure and notice when the right thing is done. Unfortunately, we may only notice when the task is undone. Be diligent in your praise.