INITIATIVE: SEEING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND DOING IT!
This month, we are talking about our second Big
Idea of the year: initiative! We believe this value has the
potential to change the entire dynamics of your home. for
the better. So carve out some time at the end of this week
to practice the definition together so it not only becomes a
household term but a household way of life!
Locate 10 post-it notes (or 10 pieces of scrap
paper with a roll of tape on the back). Write out the following
10 words on the post-it notes, one word per post-it: "Initiative,
seeing, what, needs, to, be, done, and, doing, it". Make
a pile of the words and scramble them face down. Stand in a
line, about 15-20 feet from a blank wall in your home. The first
person in line has to pick a word from the pile, hop across the
room and stick it to the opposite wall. Then, run back and tag
the next person in line before getting in the back of the line.
Continue until all the words are placed in the correct order on
the opposite wall and read out the value and its definition together
as a family. Play again, this time with a timer and try to
beat your previous times. Or, if you have a family of 6 or more,
divide into two teams to compete against each other. (Note:
this variation will require two sets of ten post-its).
Dig a little deeper this week with these discussion
starters about initiative:
What is the chore or job that you're expected to do around the house?
Do you remember to do the chore on your own or notice when it needs to be done, or do you have to be reminded?
What would happen if you refused to do it or were too busy to notice it needed to be done?
What chore or job have you done this week on your own that nobody but you knows about?
What is hard about showing initiative?
Is there a problem that you see in the world that you think you should help with?
Make up a pretend "to do" list of what it would take to solve that problem.
Now that you know what we say initiative means, and
you know what initiative means to you, check out this hilarious
poem about one little girl who refused to show initiative!
In Shel Silverstein's poem "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout," Sarah
is unwilling to take the garbage out, no matter how many
times her dad asks her to. Eventually the garbage piles up
as high as the sky, drives everyone away from her house, and
covers the entire United States with trash! Of course, the
poem isn't true, but it does make you wonder what would
happen if no one ever took their trash out!
To read this classic poem, go to your local library, bookstore
or simply type "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout" into your web
There are so many fun ways to learn how to take initiative
and do what needs to be done. When you really think
about it, initiative is just like a big detective game. So grab
your magnifying glass (or just your regular glasses) and go on
a family scavenger hunt this week!
Whether you see it or not, there are opportunities to take
initiative everywhere you go. Some are really common. Some
opportunities only come up every once in a while.
Here's a list of common and not-so-common things you may
see that spark your initiative side. Your job is to open your
eyes and see how many of the items on the list you can spot
this week. Carry the list around with you and every time you
check off an item, you get 2 points. Every time you check off
an item and do something about it you get 5 points. Remember
to keep your eyes open everywhere you go because you
can take initiative .anywhere!