Every parent wants their child to grow up happy and successful. That’s why moms and dads spare no effort, time, or money on their kids’ educations. Yet is a good education really a pledge of a bright future?
Loopfy found out that there are other equally important skills and knowledge that will help your child to overcome all the difficulties on their way to great accomplishments.
This is one of the most important skills in the modern world, and it should be instilled in your child at an early age because you won’t always be there to come to the rescue. To do this, parents must show that a child’s opinion matters within the family. Children should know that you hear them and understand, so express interest and encouragement in conversations with them. It’s better to use words of approval more often, and don’t be too sarcastic or adamant when answering children’s questions.
Children prefer to focus on what they’re interested in at that moment, so try to do lessons with them that are not only useful but also exciting. For example, when teaching your child writing, ask them to write letters on a whiteboard, on the pavement using chalk, or sculpt them out of plasticine. Don’t forget that a parent’s behavior is the best example: pay your child a few minutes of your attention entirely, without any distractions. You can also train your child’s concentration through board games, drawing, and puzzles. In addition, ask them to notice interesting details during walks, such as signs, cars of a certain color or model, and different shapes, colors, and textures.
The sooner your children learn to do some things themselves, the more confident they will be in the future. It will also be easier for them to cope with school and other obligations, more and more of which they’ll have while growing up. Encourage your children to dress themselves, to tie their own shoelaces, put the toys in their places, and wipe up what they spill. Don’t scold your child for mistakes. Be patient, and don’t forget to praise them. They’ll gradually learn to do things on their own in the same way that they learned to walk and talk.
It’s necessary to explain to your child from an early age that there are certain rules in society (on a playground, in kindergarten, at school), and by following them they can build good relationships with others. One such rule is the ability to collaborate and work as a team player. When teaching your child to work in a team, you should never compare them to other children because all you’ll get is aggression. Instead, you should emphasize each child’s importance and praise everyone as soon as the team work is done.
A command of at least two languages will give your child some advantages in their future career, and it will also help them to expand their cultural horizons. Is there a better way to learn another country’s culture than communicating with its inhabitants in their language?
This skill will help your children to achieve their goals, which will undoubtedly be useful to them in adulthood. The basis of self-organization lies in a daily schedule that you need to plan with your children, gradually reducing your own involvement in the daily (or weekly) planning as the children mature and learn to manage their own time themselves. It’s also necessary to strike a balance between children’s responsibilities and their leisure time. A child should have enough time for games, hobbies, and other desired activities. However, it should be regulated: for example, 3 hours after finishing homework.
The way your children treat victories and failures shapes their self-esteem and defines their relationships with other people. You should pay attention to the way children play: someone loses, throws a tantrum, and the parents take the child home. This model of behavior has a negative impact on children’s ability to face the difficulties of life and hinders the development of the strong sides of their characters. Be sure to praise your kids for every success, but don’t ignore failures. Try to discuss them and find their reason: this is key to future victories. Don’t forbid your kids from expressing emotions until their actions bother other people. And most importantly, let your children know you love them and believe in them no matter what.