Ways to raise a well-rounded Child
It is every parents dream raise a well-rounded child. We all want our children to feel confident; competent and grow up satisfied with their achievements and ambitions. We do our every bit to establish a solid support system at home to inculcate the right value system but still feel a void. First and foremost we may consider these seven techniques while raising a child who is well-balanced, healthy, and happy with her accomplishments. It will take consistency, dedication, and patience,” says Michele Borba, Ed.D., an advisor for Parents and the author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions.
Every child is unique and gifted with different skills and talents. These special attributes may or may not show up in our traditional school system, but there are many kids who shine after the last school bell has rung for the day. After school extracurricular activities like an art or music class may open their minds, but it is not that your wallet needs to be involved every time you desire something special for the kid. “Do not underestimate the power of unstructured play,” says Stiffelman. Playing catch or dancing and running with them in the yard, would in fact develop more closeness along with providing opportunities for their physical, personal and even intellectual development. In fact finding a new hobby or two which you may enjoy along with your kid would inspire them to try new things in life and educate them without putting any extra burden on them.
Research by Dr. Carol Dweck, of Stanford University and a renowned researcher in the field for Success and achievements reveal that a person’s mind-set may influence their behaviour. While parenting she therefore suggests that the child should be praised for their hard work rather than calling them ”smart “ or “talented” as that would form a mind-set. As people with a pre conceived notion or fixed mind-sets are generally reluctant to undertake life challenges. Those who feel they can win over any situation with hard work are generally more willing to face life challenges bravely because they have learnt over a period of time that hard work is always rewarded. “Above all, keep in mind that the grade is not what motivates a top student to succeed—it’s his inner drive for learning,” adds Borba.
Harvard researcher Howard Gardner has identified eight different kinds of intelligence’s. There is a different way through which each child learns best. Every child has their own unique linguistic, musical, logical, interpersonal and mathematical traits therefore they would respond differently to the same teaching style. Here the trick is to identify her/his learning style. Like if your child is a more visual person try using flash cards to help her with her lessons. However if your child is smart and confident around people help him/her improve their vocabulary by associating descriptive words to different people. Thus your child would learn in a play way method. Moreover children are curious to know by nature. Never shun them or reprimand them for asking questions. Always answer their queries by providing correct information. Never feed them with wrong information.