“Inspect rather than expect” – this saying was shared with me today – how many times we “expect “ our children to follow through on something (for example; packing their school bag for the next day, completing all their homework every day or tidying up their toys).
Children learn through example. We need to show our children through our actions that we are serious about what we expect, by “inspecting” – checking in with our children that bags are packed before bed time, we have signed the homework diary because we have seen the maths completed in the workbook and we acknowledge our child for having tidied up their toys or puzzles before bathtime. When we hold our children accountable for their actions, the more responsible they become. These are early life lessons of leadership we are training our children in, so that when we “expect” them to step-up in later life, they have the skills to do so!