Monday, January 05, 2009

Pushing the boundaries

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY

 

From TODAY, Voices

Friday January 2, 2009

 

By Dr James Dobson

 

If you really want to give your kids an edge in the world, teach them to go above and beyond the call of duty.

 

Quality work is a rare thing, and people take notice. Here are a few key principles to help your children rise above the pack.

 

First, teach them to recognise their strengths and weaknesses. And to play to their strengths while working on their weaknesses.

 

Next, they should learn to accept constructive criticism. It’s easy to get defensive when someone analyses our performance, but the only way to grow is through knowing what we need to work on.

 

Finally, teach them to recognise quality work when they see it – both in themselves and others. And to appreciate the effort that goes into it.

 

Quality doesn’t happen by accident, and kids who learn early to be all that they can be, have a huge advantage in life. 

 

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