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5 Keys to Helping Kids Get Started on Tasks

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For kids who have a hard time getting started on tasks (which is most kids), there are several tricks we will be teaching this summer in our seminars about “Goals: Strategies to Get Started.” Much of the conflict parents have with their children on things like chores or homework tie into this skill set, so learning this skill set will go a long way to a happy home (for both parents and kids alike).

While we will be going into greater depth and role playing these concepts with students in our seminars on July 10th and August 14th, here is a quick list of things you can incorporate at home.

Break tasks into smaller steps: Children often find big tasks overwhelming. Breaking them down into smaller, manageable steps makes them more approachable. At first, giving them the first couple of steps can get the ball rolling. Then over time they will be able to get started all on their own.

Set clear expectations: Clearly communicate your expectations regarding the task. Make sure your child understands what needs to be done and the desired outcome. Specific and constructive praise or criticism will go a long way in helping them understand.

Provide a structured environment: Create an environment that is conducive to getting started on tasks. Establish a dedicated workspace that is organized, quiet, and free from distractions. Creating an environment with fewer distractions has been linked to improved task initiation and sustained attention.

Break tasks into time intervals: Introduce the concept of working for short periods of time, followed by brief breaks. For example, set a timer for 20 minutes of focused work, then allow a 5-minute break. This approach can help children develop a sense of urgency and make the task more manageable.

Encourage a growth mindset: Teach your child about the importance of effort and perseverance. Help them understand that tasks may be challenging at first, but with practice and determination, they can improve and succeed.

We’d love to help your child understand these concepts, and if you want a condensed lesson this summer while having a great time doing martial arts. I recommend you looking into our seminars either July 10th or August 14th!

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