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21 day challenges

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

-Will Durant

21 days to make (or break) a habit

If you want your child to be able to stand out from their competition and to thrive in the modern world then they need to have the Attitude, Skills, Emotional Intelligence and Thinking Ability to do so.

The question is: How can you ensure that they develop these qualities?

Our 21 DAY CHALLENGES help you to do exactly this.

We break down the 12 key life skills that your child needs, and over 21 days, we help them to understand what each of them are and more importantly,  they get to develop them where it counts- the real world.

the aim

Our aim is to create lasting behavioural change in your child.

For example, by completing the 21 Day RESILIENCE Challenge, we want your child to understand what BEING resilient is, both intellectually and in practice, so that they can BE resilient in their life.

How do we do this?

Not by focusing on changing behaviour, that never works- as those of us who have ever used the 'carrot and stick' approach will know only too well.

Instead, we concentrate on developing the areas that produce behaviour: 

  • IDENTITY- how your child 'sees' themselves. Using our example, if they don't see themselves as RESILIENT, they  won't behave RESILIENTLY.
  • BELIEF- if your child lacks self-belief, or doesn't BELIEVE that they are capable of RESILIENCE, then they won't behave RESILIENTLY. 
  • VALUES- our hidden motivators. Does your child value RESILIENCE? Why is it important to them that they ARE resilient?

how each challenge works

Each 21 Day Challenge concentrates on one of the 12 key life skills.

You will receive a downloadable workbook for your child to fill in and keep. Each day there are 3 fun activities that only take a minute or so to complete. 

  • 1
    MORNING ACTIVITY: your child answers one question that helps them to start their day in the right frame of mind.
  • 2
    DAILY MISSION: a single task which helps them to focus their thinking and their efforts during the day.
  • 3
    EVENING ACTIVITY: another simple question helps them to frame their day and reinforces what they have learned.

The key is to help your child experience what excellent behaviour looks like in the key life skill we are trying to help them to develop.

They get to practice and experience it in the real world, and at the same time the activities build their self-belief,  develop their identity and they begin to understand why the quality is important and important for them (values).

a bit more science

The reason for a 21 Day Challenge is that they say that it takes 21 days to make (or break) a habit and we are trying to create a new behavioural habit.

By doing small things several times a day over 21 days we also take advantage of the something called the compound effect*. This means that small changes made consistently over time actually produce an out sized  effect,  each  small change COMPOUNDS into a much bigger result.

Also, studies** have shown that when you make a note of your achievements (no matter how small they might be) you actually increase your motivation and performance.  We take advantage of this by asking your child to make a quick note of the daily progress they make. As they see their progression this further increases their motivation and improves the results they achieve. 

Darren Hardy: The Compound Effect ** Teresa Amabile: The Progress Principle

21 Day Challenge 1: RESILIENCE

Resilience is the number 1 predictor of your child's health and happiness, which is why we made it our first challenge. The challenge will help your child to work on all aspects of their resilience and their belief and confidence in their resilience will grow. See how much more equipped to deal with life's challenges your child will be in just 21 days.

21 Day Challenge 2: EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Our focus in this challenge is to help your child to understand and develop their emotional intelligence with a particular emphasis on POSITIVITY.

Your child will build their own POSITIVITY PORTFOLIO, which will help them to experience more positive emotions and to BE more positive now and in the future.

21 Day Challenge 3: CHARACTER STRENGTHS

Our focus in this challenge is to help your child to understand who they are and what they are capable of. We do this through the scientifically robust methodology of CHARACTER STRENGTHS,

Your child will explore each of their 24 STRENGTHS through a combination of reflection, practice and gratitude- see below for a preview.

what others say about our work

teach your kids recommendation

I would highly recommend to any parent needing to get in the here and now of parenting… but also who wants to look to the future too.

TALYA STONE  //  Motherhood: The Real Deal

It is presented in a very straightforward and easy to read manner and I can already see that there is value in the takeaway.

ALICIA ANTONIO //  The Bottle Poppin Mamma

The main focus is to help you discover your own values and put your own plan into action, as opposed to telling you what to do.

LAURA CARK  //  The Butterfly Mother

21 day challenge f.a.q.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

It's for busy parents of tweens and teens that want to help their kids to develop these skills, but don't have the time or expertise to do the job as well as they would like to. 

THIS ALL SOUNDS GREAT, BUT WHERE DO I FIND THE TIME?

The challenges can be done with little or no input from you (depending on the age of your child). Our aim is to condense vital information into small easy to read and implement advice, so we've designed everything to take up as little of your time as possible. You can choose to invest as much time as you wish, or is possible that month.

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?

You can try any of our products risk-free for 30 days. If you find that your purchase is not for you (for any reason), just send us an email and we'll refund you 100%, no questions asked. 

WHO ARE YOU?

We are parents too (10-year-old twins). We realised that success in life is more than just qualifications and a good CV, and yet this is all that parents and schools seem to focus on.

So we started out by trying to teach our twins life skills in a deliberate and structured way. Our initial research told us that other parents were worried that their kids weren’t getting this type of education either, so we created Lifehacksforkids to fulfil that need. You can read more about us here.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE THE THEME FOR THE CHALLENGES?

The world is changing, fast. When they become adults our kids will face more competition for work than we ever did. Our research tells us that these 12 skills will be vital for our kids to be able to stand out from both their human and technological competition. 

We talk about this in more detail in this article

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