Setting Expectations for Your Kids

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Just like with rules kids often need a reminder of the other things that are expected of them, such as chores. Like with chores and rules having set expectations helps you teach your kids important life skills like responsibility and character.

Character is like a tree and reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. -Abraham Lincoln

There are multiple things that I expect from my kids. They are expected to get up and get ready for day. They are expected to brush their teeth after breakfast. They are expected to do their chores. All of this without being asked.

Not only are they expected to do these things, but they are expected to behave while we are out, expected to be kind to others, and expected to follow the rules we have set in place for them.

I have a list of expectations for each of my children.

To make your own expectations lists, start by listing each of your children, under each child list things that you feel they excel at, then list things that they need to work on.

For example, your child gets all of their chores done, but doesn’t make sure to put things away in the proper place after he’s completed them.

After you have done this, have a meeting with your child. Tell them about the great things that they do, but let them know that you have a few things that you expect from them that they aren’t accomplishing. Post the list as a reminder.

I have also devised a personal expectations list for my children to set their own goals and expectations for themselves. It has 3 spots for expectations and asks reflective questions to help them understand why they need to set them, what they expect to gain, and how they plan to meet their goals. You can download it by clicking the link below.

>>>>My Personal Expectations<<<<<

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