Smart, talented, happy, successful, and popular—these are qualities most parents hope to develop in their kids. But how impressive is a child’s intelligence if he has no sense of his personal hygiene? And how remarkable is a youngster’s talent if she has no clue how to schedule her time? Will a cheerful child carry on in good spirits if he doesn’t learn to value the property and feelings of others? Will a successful child continue to flourish if she doesn’t know how to listen to others or welcome feedback? Can a well-liked youngster maintain a long-term relationship if he doesn’t learn how to share unselfishly?
These are interesting questions. And Marlaine Cover, of Parenting 2.0, has the answers. Marlaine has created the tool we need to develop our children’s character and endurance: the new and necessary Life Skills Report Card.
Grades, ability, achievement, and acceptance are only part of the childhood equation. To cultivate decency alongside success, softer life skills—like personal care, organizational ability, respect for self and others, communication know-how, and social ease—must be given equal, if not greater, attention.
Marlaine Cover’s Life Skills Report Card enables parents and children to measure their progress as they work together to cultivate decency in a developing generation. And the results are a win-win for everyone concerned. Moms and dads enjoy the confidence of knowing that their kids will have the capacity to survive, compete, and excel as adults. Kids appreciate the assurance they gain through lessons learned about self-reliance and social interaction. And society rests easier as her youngsters prepare to take responsibility for their actions.
I highly recommend Marlaine Cover’s comprehensive approach to child-rearing. Her practical techniques present a simple and realistic way to produce civilized human beings, an outcome that is more relevant today than ever.