Instilling a good work ethic sets kids up for success later in life. That’s why setting a good foundation at a younger age and learning how to set SMART goals helps kids.
Foster a strong work ethic starts early and homework provides a great opportunity:
1.Take care of the things you least like to do first
Come home, have a snack and get homework done first so you can have the rest of the day to play. For sports, get the exercises that you have to do out of the way. Maybe that’s lunges or laps – whatever it is, get it out of the way so that you can enjoy the rest of your practice instead of dreading a portion of it.
2. Study a little bit each day
Studying a little bit each day helps put things in remember things for good instead just for a test.
3. Keep things tidy
If your notes are a mess so is your learning. Taking the time to rewrite notes that can be referred to at a later date takes time, but also helps with the learning process.
4. Practice makes perfect
Repetition helps. Practicing skills helps kids retain them — that means saying words out loud instead of silently or performing new motion multiple times. Practicing hard once a week does not reap the same results as practicing more often.
5. Set goals
It’s often said that if you don’t know where you’re going, you can’t work towards it. Helping your kids set goals gives them an opportunity to decide what their priorities are and come up with a plan how to get there. Remember to set SMART goals:
S – specific goals (What do they want to accomplish)
M – measurable (How can they measure their progress)
A – achievable (Goal can be accomplished)
R – results focused (Is the goal worthwhile, do they have the resources)
T – timing (How long they have to accomplish the goal to create a sense of urgency)
Here is an example of a Before and After goal for kids:
Before: My goal is to be the best soccer player on my team
After: My goal is to be able to juggle a soccer ball at least 10 times without bouncing by the end of the season.
Note that the “after” goal is specific — they want to juggle a soccer ball at least 10 times. The 10 times allows the child to measure progress throughout the season — so if they start with one and practice, they should see progress. With practice, the goal of 10 is achievable at this child’s age, and it is results focused. Last, the timing provides a deadline for kids to work toward. The timeline is short enough that it creates a sense of urgency.
It can be tough to get your kids to establish a good work ethic, but with time it will become second nature. Setting SMART goals helps kids see the result of their efforts, so helping them with small short term goals at younger ages will help them begin a habit of goal setting and hard work. A great combination…