Help Kids Set Goals that Motivate
Do you sometimes wish that you could swap your personality for another?
Do you wish you could swap a child’s personality for another, at least long enough to get them to finish their homework or do their chores?
If you are reserved, do you wish that you could be more outgoing?
If you are a detail person, do you wish that you could be more sensitive to people and their feelings?
We all have aspects of our personality that we sometimes wish we could change.
Understanding and speaking the same language is important isn’t it? Speaking a child’s personality language is helpful in parenting as well. This is especially true if you want to help a child set goals that motivate them. As a quick reminder, the four main personality types are:
D wired=dominant, decisive, determined, doer
I wired=interactive, inspiring, influential, initiator
S wired=stable, sweet, shy, likes status quo
C wired=conscientious, careful, cautious, careful
Personality Style and Motivation
If you have a D wired child, then you will want to help them chose a goal that is very specific and has a deadline. D personalities are highly motivated and competitive, so setting a goal to give their energy some direction will be very successful.
I wired children are great starters but not such great finishers. They thrive on social interaction and recognition, so setting a goal that involves a social network to support and encourage them to achieve it is best. Add in an element of fun and the I wired child will be hooked.
S wired children are great finishers but have difficulty starting tasks. They are tuned in to the needs of others and will work to accomplish a goal as much to please you as to please themselves. Select a goal that they can commit to with your support or the support of a close friend to motivate them.
Finally, C wired children love to develop and research a goal. When they are committed to a goal, they are conscientious and will work hard to accomplish the task. Help them see the big picture so that they don’t get lost in the details and you will have a winning combination.
Learning to set and accomplish goals is an important skill to learn and by speaking a child’s personality language, you can ensure that they are successful.
Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Cooperation
Wyatt wants to play Frisbee. Max want to build a fort and Callie wants to have tea party. How do the three friends reconcile their differences? Can it be done? When Wyatt doesn’t get his way, Max’s mother suggests he be the Superhero for the day. Join Wyatt as he learns how the magic of cooperation and compromise can bring the five friends closer together.
Feeling left out? Need help getting along with friends? Wyatt the Wonder Dog books weave important life skills into engaging story telling. Join Wyatt as he learns how to be the superhero in his group of friends by using cooperation and compromise.
~MaryFrances Gonzalez MACCC-SLP