Task Oriented Consequences

I love the phrase “task oriented consequences” which I heard in audio lesson number three of The Total Transformation Program. It’s one of those things that James Lehman and the parents discuss on the CD that just jumps out at you when you listen to it. I had to comment upon it here.

There is a point in this section of the Total Transformation Program DVD which is crucial to implementing the whole program successfully in your household. Everyone in our society wants instant fixes to everything like get rich quick schemes instead of doing the work it takes to build a solid foundation of income and assets over the years.

Total Transformation Program Review Illustration Task Oriented Consequences

Repetition, practice, and rehearsal set kids up for success with task oriented consequences.

Of course, it comes as no surprise (and who could rally blame them) that frustrated parents want an instant fix to bad behaviors exhibited by their kids. There are many ideas in The Total Transformation Program that actually can help make improvements very quickly in problem areas. However, the overall program is one of improving parenting skills which means, like all skill building, things improve over time.

Achieving Task Oriented Consequences Success

In the introductory portion of the parenting workbook, James Lehman even says specifically that many parents will want to rush through the whole package immediately, but they should take their time working on one lesson a week. That way, they can absorb the information better and focus on that one parenting skill / behavioral outcome for the week and see it in action in multiple circumstances.

Anyway, the point is that parents need to set reasonable goals in a progressive manner for themselves. It stands to reason that the same concept applies when setting the goals for the changes in the child’s behavior. Parents need to establish reasonable goals from wherever the child is at the moment. Yes, the overall goal at the end is still the same, but parents need to be able to see and celebrate the individual steps it takes to reach the goal at the top of the stairway!

To reach that final goal, James Lehman explains in The Total Transformation that repetition, practice, and rehearsal will be necessary. He also points out that kids hate those things, but that’s how they learn. He is so right. That made me think of two things – taking music lessons and memorizing multiplication tables. When a kid first attempts to learn an instrument or tackle the concept of multiplication in math class, the basic instruction required must ensure that the kids understand what is being taught. Beyond that, the only way to master musical skills or math skills is to constantly practice and repeat.

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