Development Early School Radio Shows — 17 February 2014
How to Teach initiative to Children

How to teach children to think and act for themselves.

Kids Taking Action

Wish your child would take more initiative in life? Well, it’s understandable. People with initiative generally don’t wait for someone to tell them what to do and when to do it…rather they make up their own mind. Initiative is a great trait and we can help our children take initiative by modeling it ourselves in small ways as Sara Dimerman, author of Character is Key explains. “When I think of initiative, I think of people who are probably more leaders than they are followers, and initiative is probably closely tied in with confidence. So sometimes learning how to take initiative is about building confidence because taking initiative actually means taking on risks and as parents we can model taking initiative. Something as simple as going over to meet a new neighbour and taking that new neighbour a baked goodie, to say ‘hi, welcome to the neighbourhood’ is an example. That’s taking initiative to meet new people in the neighbourhood and so we can model those kinds of things.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Sara Dimerman, author of Character is Key.
Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.


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