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May 21, 2008



I do the same thing with my children. Give them an obsurd solution to a problem they've presented to encourage them to take ownership of the problem, and the solution.

Case in point, my son complained that he didn't win a trophy in baseball. I said to him, "Hey, let's play a 1 on 1 game. If you win I'll give you a trophy!" (ok, so he was 7 years old and "A Trophy" was great motivation).

He was very excited and raring to go. Then I said, "Tell you what, forget the game, I'll just give you the trophy now."

He face faltered. "Who wants a trophy they didn't win? Can't we just play the game?"

We played, and I won, but boy did he try hard... harder than he tried during baseball season.

Hopefully, like your mom, this engrained something valuable in his head.

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