It's funny, when I work with moms often they want to change their husband or their kids, the house or their in-laws! They rarely think of starting with themselves and that is where we need to start.
Non of us are perfect and if you think you are, you are sadly mistaken! But when we start with ourselves, little tweaks here and there, we start to notice a change around us.
Sometime it will be the attitude or behaviour of family members, sometimes it's the way we use the home, when we start treating or environment a little kinder, we get the same back.
One of my favourite kaizen tweaks is so simple and easy and most people think they do it but in reality they don't!
Just say thank you.
Whenever a family member does something without being asked (or even after being asked is nice too).
"Thank you for clearing up after yourself"
"Thank you for hanging the towel up after you bath, I like it when it doesn't go moldy!"
"Thank you for putting your clothes away, that really helped me today"
"Thank you for playing nicely with your sister, it makes me happy when you play well together"
"Thank you for keeping the kids busy so I could tackle some of the housework, it's much easier when they are not underfoot"
And the strange thing is, because you are modelling this behaviour they start to mirror it back. The positive reinforcement when they are doing things right sinks in and because humans are natural people pleasers, they try to do more of the same.
So give it a go! Try it on for a week and let me know how it goes. pop over to the Moms That Rock group and share with me any a-has and break throughs.
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