Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. provides a great overview of fostering initiative in our kids. She makes three important points about initiative building activities:
- Kids must choose it for themselves because it gives them “internal” rewards! Examples include music programs, service-learning, and a myriad of other after-school activities.
- The activity must take place in an environment that contains rules, challenges, and complexities inherent in the real world. They must face intellectual, interpersonal, and intrapersonal challenges that go beyond grades, winning a game, and other external rewards.
- The activity must be sustained over a period of time. Rather than doing lots of activities, it is better to focus on a few for longer periods of time so kids learn to persevere despite challenges.
Check out the full article at the link or on her blog at Psychology Today.