After reading this post “Slowing down to Save Time” I got to thinking. I wonder how many different things I rush through and have to redo?
I know that if I don’t take time to explains something to my children well and confirm their understanding they will do it wrong (again), or they will ask endless numbers of questions – in the end it seems as if a simple assignment has become completely unachievable… and all because I didn’t take the time to communicate well.
I know that if I don’t take the time to correct my child appropriately – showing them why it was wrong, and how to do things correctly then I will continue to tell them off. I am left wondering what is wrong with them… why don’t they get it! …. It is really me that doesn’t get it… taking the time to correct them gently and completely will help them see where they need to make changes.
I know that if I don’t take the time to encourage my child they will feel like the world is against them. It really doesn’t take much time to say a kind word, or to give a hug – but it will make the world of difference to my child.
Rushing through things certainly makes it seem like we are getting through stuff but it is short term gain only. Today I make my child pick up his toys, but tomorrow he has no understanding of orderliness. Today I make my child be kind but he has no heart to love his sibling. Today I make my child complete his math pages but tomorrow he has no idea what he did.
If it is worth doing – it is worth doing properly.
What a good maxim to think about within the area of our parenting. If it is worth explaining, worth correcting, worth encouraging then it is worth doing properly.