If at first you don’t succeed.....
Most of us know the story of the little engine that could. The moral of the story is task persistence. It’s easy to preach task persistence when the end is in sight and the goal is highly desired. It’s not so easy when we are pushed out of our comfort zone and success is not clearly defined.
So what does this mean for parents? If you know your child can achieve a task if she tries hard, it might be worth modeling effort and success for her first. Parents don’t have to make things look easy all of the time. The next time you struggle to achieve a goal, it’s OK to let your child see you sweat and keep trying.
We can also directly teach the concept. When your child is challenged and wants to walk away, encourage task persistence by praising one more try, one more turn, or one more page. Next time, it can be two more.
How do you handle task persistence and challenging tasks in your house?
Lauren B. Norwood