Instead, change the way you think about living life.
I recently discovered an interesting phenomenon with my kids. When it comes time to clean the house, if I say something like, “Charlotte, I struggle with organizing so can you be in charge of picking up and organizing your room? You’re so good at it” or “Liam, I can’t ever get the mirrors as clean as you do — can you be in charge of making them shine?” my kids are suddenly eager to clean. They get right on it, and they do an amazing job because they take pride in the fact that I praised their ability and put them “in charge” of something. But they also take pride in the fact that they’re helping me.
This is a stark contrast to the times when I say, “Charlotte, I need you to clean your room before gymnastics” or “Liam, no video games until you clean the mirrors.” Those days, it’s nothing but weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth. I have to drag them through the absolute most perfunctory chores when I frame it as something they “have” to do instead of something they “get” to do. And the thing is, when I don’t ask them for their help they don’t feel like they’re helping. As it turns out, my kids genuinely want to help. They just don’t want to be forced to do chores.
Guess what kind of people are a lot like children? Adults. The way we approach life, whether it’s work, parenting, exercising, or even eating, has a significant impact on our ability to make healthy choices sustainable in the long term, according to Elite Daily.
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