Being an Accountability Partner for our Children
Most of have heard that when we are trying to achieve a goal, like losing weight or falling into a regular workout routine, it’s good to have an accountability party.
What does an accountability partner do? At the core, they keep us honest about our progress on our goals. They stay involved and are up to date on our successes and our failures. They listen when we struggle, they help us stay on task when we get sidetracked. They don’t criticize or blame. They are supportive.
Studies have shown that people with an accountability partner are more likely to achieve their goals.
What can we do to be good partners for our children?
- Know what their goal is.
- It’s hard to know what route you should take if you don’t have a destination in mind.
- SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant & Timebound)
- Have some way to visually track progress.
- Entries on a calendar, a shared Google Doc, a checklist hanging on the fridge.
- Encourage them to have a routine.
- Committing to a schedule and reserving time in advance is a great way to make sure you have the opportunity to do what you need to do.
- We’ve all had that moment where it is time for bed, and someone suddenly remembers they have something they have to do for the next day, resulting in a late night scramble. Plan ahead to get the best use of your time.
- Stay informed.
- Ask questions.
- Check their progress.
- Be a role model.
- What you do is more important than what you say.
- Is there something in your life that you could have your child be your accountability party for?
Being an accountability partner for our children.
Posted by Action Karate Whitehall on Thursday, September 26, 2019