When I talk to our students about Teamwork I point out to them that the most important team that we are on is our FAMILY. No other team needs the cooperation and vision that our family needs for long term success of all members. Of course the leaders of that team is Mom & Dad. While every team leader has different responsibilities, there are a couple of foundational standards that are true for all teams and especially families.
1. Be consistent. Whether it is setting the rules, the making of decisions or in keeping our word, consistency is one standard that team members depend on.
2. Be clear. Set forth what the values, morals and ethics are for your family. Setting these expectations make it clear to all what is expected and it is much easier to follow a leader with clear expectations.
3. Be courteous. By showing respect for everyone in your family, even the child that is giving you the hardest time at that moment, as a leader you are setting the tone for the family. Everyone in the family is watching to see how you will deal with the member of your team that is not following the rules, determining for themselves how they will be treated. Trust and respect can be gained or lost based on our being courteous to one another.
Teams / Families always reflect their leaders. As the leader of our team / family we set the tone for respect being shown to each other and to those on the outside. By setting the example with consistent, clear, and courteous communication with our team, the team will be more willing to participate and voice their thoughts and feelings, which in the end is what all parents want to have with their children.