Instruction Routine: Step Five

Hi! I'm Ed Miller.
The job isn't done until it's been inspected. Many of us have to get our work okayed before it's released or put into action. Each of my blog articles is approved by my supervisor before it's published. We like to have more than one set of eyes on everything that goes out from our organization. That helps us avoid some challenges and problems. 

The same was true when I was working with my boys in our garden. If I had asked them to weed a section of the garden, they'd finish and then come find me. I'd go look at their work and see if it was done well. If it was a new task, this would be a great opportunity to teach them about my expectations for a job well done. Once they've gotten this feedback a couple of times, they will be able to evaluate for themselves whether is ready for inspection. 

This week, I've been talking about helping our children follow instructions using a good "Instruction Routine." If you missed the first few articles, you might want to read those before continuing. 

Now, we move on to the final step in the Instruction Routine. 

Child: Report Back 
Parent: Inspect and Release

Let's start again with a dramatization of a father interacting with his sons. 

The instruction was to get their coats on and the last part of the job was to "report back." The boys got distracted again and failed to report back to dad. It's obvious that dad was getting frustrated and the relationship was getting strained. This was a simple instruction but the job was not completed because the boys didn't report back. Dad really didn't inspect the work, because he was frustrated with the boys. 

Now, let's see what it looks like when the boys report back and the father inspects the work and releases them. 

Wouldn't it be nice if it happened this way with your children? It's possible but it also requires a lot of work. Family life is much more enjoyable for everyone when it works like this.
The boys reported back without getting distracted and dad inspected and released them. They were off to their next commitment. Very little "inspection" was necessary in this scenario, but it will be very important with more important assignment. Learning to do a job quickly and with excellence is a valuable life skill. 

Valuing instruction and being responsive to those who have authority in our lives is a key component in being successful in life. If we can develop this quality of the heart in our home, we'll carry it with us throughout life. We'll also be able to respond to the instructions and commands of the Lord and His Word. In this way, we'll grow as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

Do your children value instruction? How do you want to help them grow in this area?

We're offering a FREE eBook right now to any parent that wants to explore this idea further. The book is called CHANGE: Helping Any Child of Any Age with Any Problem. 


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