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Develop JUNIOR VERSIONS of independent living

9 March
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Michael Grose

Recently I attended an advanced presentation skills seminar run by one of the world’s premier presenters, Glenn Capelli.

It was knock-out session, where I learned heaps that I’ll be putting into practice in my coming parenting presentations.

I also heard a brilliant, yet deceptively simple parenting idea ............

Glenn said that many speakers complicated matters for audiences, making things too complex. One way of making it easy for audiences to learn is to create a JUNIOR VERSION of whatever we are talking about.

He likened this to the way that many sporting bodies have now developed modified versions of adult sports so kids can learn the basic skills of the sport in fun, enjoyable ways.

I had one of those light bulb moments as I listened, and realised that effective parents create JUNIOR VERSIONS of the GAME all the time to help kids develop the skills of self-sufficiency and independence from a very early age.

Here are some examples:
1. We get toddlers to smooth the doonas and arrange their teddies on their beds – that’s a JUNIOR VERSION of making a bed.

2. We encourage early primary school kids to make snacks, prepare breakfasts and help prepare a meal. That’s a JUNIOR VERSION of cooking an evening meal.

3. WE drive primary school kids half way to school and let them walk the rest. That’s a JUNIOR VERSION of walking to school.

4. We let an early teen go to a local cinema during with friends. That’s JUNIOR VERSION of going out without adults at night.

There are heaps of ways we create JUNIOR VERSIONS of independent living every day so kids can become self-sufficient.

What JUNIOR VERSIONS of independent living are you creating for your kids?

If you are anxious about your child’s safety and tend to more protective than you want to be, then start creating JUNIOR VERSIONS of the independent living so that kids can learn to stand on their own two feet rather than be dependent on you.

Remember REDUNDANCY is your aim as a parent!

Similarly, one way for kids to develop self-help skills is to create JUNIOR VERSIONS of what you already do, so they can develop the skill-sets needed to look after themselves, and help out the rest of the family.

Now that’s an idea worth thinking about!
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