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Initiative


vs. Idleness
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Parents - If you haven't already read the pages on "Developing Character in Your Children," you might want to go there first before reading these pages.
Tips for Parents in Teaching Initiative
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Talk about the next week's activities and help the children think through what needs to be done in advance.

For example:
-is football practice tomorrow?
Make sure the equipment and uniforms are ready to use.
-Is the family going on an outing on the weekend? Make sure that homework for Monday is completed on Friday afternoon.
-Demonstrate it by doing small acts showing initiative yourself and explain what you are doing to the children.

-Point out where others are showing initiative.

-Together with the children, look for examples of people showing initiative in the news, story books, etc.

-Leave items out where they shouldn't be to see which children will show initiative.

-During this month, give "initiative" awards to the children at meal time.

-Praise your child each time he or she shows initiative.

Train the Children to Plan
Ahead in Family Meetings
Encourage initiative in your children:
Before you act, ask yourself:
1. Have them role play introducing themselves to a new child on the block.

2. Have them role play introducing that new child to another child.

3. When they are in groups and you are present, give them tips on situations to apply what they have learned.

4. Discuss ways they might show thoughtfulness to their friends to initiate building friendships.
Teach Your Children to Initiate Friendships
Before you act, ask yourself:
-Discuss things you see
in the community that need to be done.

-Brainstorm to think of solutions.

-Discuss the response- bility of your authorities to address those needs (without criticism.)

-Determine if there is a project your family can do to begin meeting that need without overstep -ping the role of your authorities.

-Find wise steps to complete the project.

Family
Project
"It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success."


--George Washington Carver