In our Family, we see Ourselves as Learners
- Model being a learner yourself! Tell your children about what you are learning, hobbies you are developing, things you are trying to get better at, or ask them to tell you about the latest trends so you can keep up with the times!
- After an error of judgement, use the language of reflection, choice and reparation to show that errors are learning opportunities. For example: “What choice did I make? How did my choice affect others? What other choices could I have made? What will I do to put things right?”
- Help your children set themselves goals and challenges in their activities by using a 0-10 rating scale approach. For example: “On a scale of 0-10 where do you think you are in your gymnastics? If you are at 6 now, where do you want to be by May? What will you be able to do when you are at 8? What do you need to do to get to 8? What is you time scale for this?”
- Help your children identify a specific quality to develop over the coming months. Explore practical ways they could do this. For example: kindness. Perhaps they could do one small, secret kind act for someone each day. As a parent, you might identify a quality you are trying to develop too. Affirm each other when you see these qualities exhibited in the family.
- Encourage your children to take on new responsibilities which take them out of their comfort zone. For example: packing their own suitcase, learning to cook a meal once/week for the family, mending a button that falls off a shirt, ironing their own clothes. When feeding back, identify two things they are making progress in, and one thing they might want to think more about next time.