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  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids

    The same solid ideas that so many adults say helped them lead fulfilling, well-managed, and stress-free lives can now help your kids do well in their responsibilities at home and in school, their hobbies, and their family relationships.
    by Christine Ongpin-Montes .
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    Read on to learn more about the effective habits of highly effective children.

     

    7 Effective Habits of Highly Effective Children
    1. Be Proactive. Teach kids the importance of being resourceful and taking initiative to find solutions to their problems rather than just complaining and waiting for Mom and Dad to come to the rescue or come up with a solution.

    You can do this by giving them examples of real-life situations where they can be proactive. If your daughter always gets upset that her toddler sibling always ends up destroying her toys, for instance, you can say something like, “Well, maybe if you keep your toys in storage boxes where your younger brother can’t easily get to them, then he won’t be ble to play with and destroy them. We have spare boxes in the garage; they’re old, but you’ve always been good at art, maybe you can paint them and draw on them so they’ll match your room?”


    2. Begin with the end in mind. When school starts, kids can set academic and personal goals for the school year: “I want to be in the honor roll this year” or “I am going to learn how to play the saxophone…”

    When a child is aware of what he wants, he becomes focused and determined (excited even!) to accomplish this , which actually lessens stress and pressure on himself.

    Give your child a journal/scrapbook/poster board where his goals can be written (drawn or sketched, for younger ones). It can include specific steps regarding how the goal can be achieved, problems he might encounter, feel-good moments, etc.


    3. Put first things first. Help your childidentify the important things that need to be done first. Sometimes, kids get too eager to engage in a lot of activities at the same time that they tend to lose interest in everything or neglect them all. The trick is to assess what your kid really needs—try to focus on those, and find a balance. Having a planner or organizer or even a simple notebook will be good for older kids to list down their things-to-do.

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