Seeking Accuracy

It takes three to twenty times to learn something. Learning someone’s name and remembering it even takes some effort. It isn’t neurologically nurturing to expect a child to learn a lesson the first or second time it’s taught. What may be more important is that if we don’t learn the lesson well, it can take thirty to sixty times to repair the learning later. Teaching our children well isn’t just nice, it’s critical in some situations. The time we save by seeking accuracy is time for peace of mind and new learning. Seeking accuracy can sometimes feel bothersome and time consuming, but the habit of doing it will lead to confidence and satisfaction. My father, the carpenter, always reminded me to measure twice, cut once. The adage is true if we are learning math or learning how to get along with one another. The development of accurate effort in children will nurture great minds. Why wait to be great! One hundred BILLION (100,000,000,000) neurons just waiting to be wired. The sooner the better. Trust your child to perform and your child will trust that he/she can. Here are a few ways to nurture accuracy:

  1. Ask your child if a task is complete and accurate before moving on.
  2. Set limits.
  3. Give time to find inaccuracies.
  4. Patiently repeat what you said. Remember that it takes 3-20 times to learn something.
  5. Provide order and consistency.
  6. Be firm, fair, & friendly.

Signs of Success

  • Double checking your work to make sure that it is the best you can make it.
  • You look for mistakes and review your work.
  • Helping others in their work.
  • Not rushing into your work just to get it over with.
  • Making sure all work is accurate and correct.

“A child who always forgets has a parent who always remembers!” – Deborah Godfrey

“It is better to aim at perfection and miss it, than to aim at imperfection and hit it.” – Thomas Watson, Sr., IBM.

“Every day you miss playing or practicing is one day longer it takes to be good.” – Ben Hogan, Golfer

“We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.” – Albert Einstein

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