We’ve all been there.
You hear the video games and giggles coming from the next room. You storm down the hall, throw open the door, and see your child gaming with their friends online.
You look over and their backpack is on the floor, no sign it was even opened.You know the answer, but you ask anyway– “Have you finished your homework?”
We’ve got 3 killer tips for you over the next few days, so you can actually get an answer you like. Here’s the first, and toughest, one: Treat games as something EARNED, just like an allowance. Chores aren’t done? They don’t get those precious dollars, right?
Same with games – homework not done? No games! Sorry, not sorry! Stash their controllers until the work is done, then return them as a reward. Then, take the controllers back (after playtime), so they learn that games are earned.
In the ‘real world’ – we have to work to pay bills to then do what we want for fun. Your child doesn’t have to contribute to rent to start learning this lesson and appreciating that hard work pays off.
This builds the DISCIPLINE that’s so essential to getting what we want in life. Mike Tyson attributed his success as a boxer to “doing what I hate as if I loved it.”He hated push-ups and other exercises – but did them every day with passion – and his reward was being nearly undefeated.
Stay tuned for part 2.