Habit 1: Be Proactive ~ Take Charge of Your Own Life! Don’t blame others for your problems. YOU can make things happen.
Student example: You should take time each night to be sure your backpack has everything you need. Be sure your homework and anything needing to be signed by a parent has been completed. It is not your parent’s fault if you forget something. YOU should be proactive and be responsible.
Be Proactive means to take responsibility for your choices and behaviors. Habit 1- BeProactive is the key to unlocking all the other habits and that's why it comes first.
Young children can easily learn to understand that different choices yield different results. The goal is to teach them to think about those results before they decide what to do. At school, Habit 1 is taught in this child-friendly way: "I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking."
Reinforce Habit 1 at home with discussions that focus on taking care of themselves, taking care of their things, reacting or not reacting to others' behavior, planning ahead, and thing about what the right thing to do is. Click HERE for family activities!
The following book was chosen to illustrate Habit 1. Common and easily accessible at most libraries
and bookstores, this book is a fun and interesting way for children to connect to the timeless principles.
You will begin to see examples in other children's literature and soon your child will too!
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Although the Little Engine is not the biggest, the fastest or the newest, it just keeps trying. When all the
other trains refuse to help, the LIttle Engine is proactive and a leader.