The Habit of the Month for May is “Sharpen the Saw”. “Sharpen the Saw” means to have balance in your life. There is a story of a man who was sawing down a tree and not making a lot of progress. When a passerby asked him why he didn’t stop sawing to sharpen his saw, he remarked that he was too busy sawing. Habit 7 reminds us that we are more productive when we are in balance—body, brain, heart and soul. Just like the four tires on a car, if one area is being ignored or overused, the rest will feel the results. For young children, the car analogy is one they understand; a car could not go on fewer than all four tires. Explain the four parts of each person (body, brain, heart, and soul) and how important it is to take care of each part to make them all work better. Remember; Balance is Best.
Some “Sharpen the Saw” Activities:
- Develop a Sharpen the Saw activity center in your home. Include arts-and-crafts supplies,
- Play learning games, puzzles.
- Listen to music (new types as well as favourites)
- Play outside, ride your bike.
- Balance reading with TV watching.
- Make smarter choices about what you watch on TV
- Make a list of what makes you happy and do something on the list every day,
- Spend time with special friends and family
- Encourage your child to keep a regular journal or blog.
- Subscribe to magazines that have educational value or read good books.
- Encourage your teen to get in the habit of reading a newspaper every day. Online works too!
- Join a gymnasium or start a regular exercise program with your child.
- Pick an organization to volunteer with for you and your child(ren).
- Sponsor a child in a developing country.
- Attend religious services
- Visit a new museum or try a new type of cuisine—expand your horizons and try new things.