Back to School at FamilyEducation.com
|

Keep a P.O.B. File

The expectancy theory of motivation explains that we will be motivated to work at something if we expect two things: 1) that we will succeed and 2) that our success will result in a reward that is personally meaningful. Belief that you will succeed is based primarily on past experience.

  • Take a file folder, shoebox, or large envelope and label it P.O.B. (for pat on back). Write "Success!" on the top of a few blank index cards, and place them in your file.
  • Now, what have you accomplished recently? Note each achievement on one of your "Success!" cards, date it, and file it in your P.O.B. file.
  • Look for any recent notes of appreciation from someone you helped, and add them to your P.O.B. file also. When you take a risk, learn something new, or break an old habit, file a success card as well.
  • Now put your P.O.B. file in a handy place. The next time you find yourself wondering if you're using your days in meaningful ways, pull it out — and look back on your successes.
Reviewing past successes helps keep a positive perspective regarding the future. You'll probably feel more resilient when you realize how far you have come and all the good that you have done.
|

A series of "quick-lifts" excerpted from Recharge in Minutes, ©2003, by Suzanne Zoglio, Ph.D.

Buy on Amazon


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

get ready for school!

We’ve got your
shopping list,
lunch menu,
and more.

GO

highlights

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

14 Back-to-School Fashion Trends for 2014
Send your kids back to school looking sharp! Check out 2014's hottest back-to-school fashion trends, from clothes to shoes and accessories.

Put a Stop to Bedtime Struggles
Steer clear of tears at bedtime with these helpful bedtime tips and this printable bedtime routine checklist for kids.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!