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Small Changes for Big Growth

Inspired by The Manhood Manual book series, our e-newsletter brings parents and educators a blend of fun stories, challenges, and growth lessons for boys on their path to manhood. Expect a COOL IDEA for engaging learning, a BIG PROBLEM to ponder about growing up, and a LESSON LEARNED to help build remarkable boys.
We’re thrilled to have you join us for another exciting edition of The Manhood Minute, your go-to monthly email inspired by The Manhood Manual series. This month, we’re diving into the simple lifestyle habits that might be holding your boys back, exploring the justifications behind them, and offering practical tips to help make positive changes. Remember, it’s all about the journey of growing up, learning from mistakes, and having fun along the way. So, let’s get started!

The Cool Idea

The 10-Minute Rule
This month, introduce your boys to the 10-Minute Rule. It’s simple: pick one task or activity they’ve been avoiding, and encourage them to commit just 10 minutes to it. Whether it’s tidying up their room, starting their homework, or practicing a new skill, those 10 minutes can often turn into more, breaking the barrier of procrastination.
How to Implement the 10-Minute Rule
  1. Identify the Task: Help your boys choose a task they’ve been putting off.
  2. Set a Timer: Use a timer to set a 10-minute countdown.
  3. Encourage Focus: Ask them to focus solely on the task during this time.
  4. Praise Effort: Praise their effort, regardless of how much they accomplish. 
Benefits of the 10-Minute Rule
  • Reduces Procrastination: Makes tasks less daunting.
  • Builds Momentum: Starting often leads to continuing.
  • Develops Discipline: Encourages a habit of tackling tasks.
  • Boosts Confidence: Completing even small amounts of work can boost their confidence.
The 10-Minute Rule is a simple yet effective way to help your boys develop positive habits and overcome procrastination. Give it a try this month and see the difference it makes!

The Big Problem 

Procrastination Nation
Procrastination is a common challenge for many boys. They might avoid chores, homework, or even social interactions, preferring the comfort of screens or other distractions. It’s crucial to discuss with your boys why they procrastinate. Are they afraid of failing? Do they feel overwhelmed? Understanding the reasons behind procrastination can help address it more effectively.
To help your boys tackle procrastination, consider reading “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck. This book teaches the power of a growth mindset, helping kids understand that effort and persistence can lead to improvement and success. It’s a great resource for instilling the belief that they can overcome challenges and achieve their goals.
Another excellent book is “What Do You Do with a Problem?” by Kobi Yamada. This beautifully illustrated story encourages kids to face their problems head-on and find the opportunities within them. It’s a fun and engaging way to teach boys that problems are a part of life and can be tackled with courage and creativity.  Lastly, check out “The Boys’ Guide to Growth Mindset: A Can-Do Approach to Building Confidence, Resilience, and Courage.”  The book seeks to cultivate a can-do spirit with a friendly guide to a growth mindset for kids.
By addressing the root causes of procrastination and using these resources, you can help your boys develop the tools they need to overcome this common challenge and build positive, proactive habits.

The Lesson Learned

According to recent studies, forming new habits can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days, with an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic. The key is consistency and starting small. Encourage your boys to make tiny changes, like setting a specific time each day for homework or limiting screen time. Gradual adjustments can lead to lasting habits.
As we navigate this month’s theme, remember that change doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a journey filled with ups and downs, and that’s perfectly okay. Embrace the process, celebrate the small victories, and most importantly, have fun along the way.  Join us next month for more engaging stories, life lessons, and creative challenges. 
Invest a minute and inspire a lifetime . . . 
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