For a printable version of this quote, please click here: Sunday Quote 2
Happy Sunday All! Here is our newest “Slow Down and Share Sunday” quote. This quote ties in nicely to the post shared at the beginning of this week on praise. One of the points made in the article we shared was that if we offer encouragement to our children that focuses on their effort as opposed to their ability we can help cultivate their desire to work hard. By sharing this quote and utilizing any of the talking points we provide below, you can begin to share this message with your own family :).
Possible discussion points:
- Ask your child what they feel it means to “give their very best”.
- Have them expand by telling you about a time that they felt their very best effort was given.
- After they share, take a moment to let them know how much you enjoy watching them work hard. If you remember the specific situation they mentioned, let them know you remember watching them work their hardest in that moment.
- Ask them what activities they feel come easily to them and what activities they feel they need to work harder at. (The point here is you can make a mental note of their response and when they are working at something they mentioned that takes more energy, you can be sure to offer a bit of additional praise focusing on their effort).
- Ask them how it feels to accomplish something that required extra effort and compare that to accomplishing things that come very easily to them.
- Discuss the value of hard work and perseverance. There is always the option to bring up stories of people who did not achieve success immediately (like Michael Jordan who was cut from his high school basketball team or Thomas Edison who failed countless times before finally inventing the lightbulb). Ask what they thought it was that allowed these people to eventually succeed.
- Finally, share with your children moments from your own life where you feel you have really worked hard. A suggestion might be to discuss things they can continue to see you do, so you are modeling hard work on a consistent basis. For example, I could tell my children I am trying to learn to become a better chef and then when they see me try a new recipe they know I am putting out the effort to reach my goal. When cooking something new I could even casually mention to them that I am excited to push myself and make the effort to try something that does not come easily to me.
We hope the above initiates some quality family discussion about giving your very best!