DO YOUR CHILDREN SHARE THEIR DREAMS, THOUGHTS AND FEARS WITH YOU?
You should be a go-to mum or dad; a confidante to your children. As parents, we should build the kind of relationships with our children that will allow them to trust us and be vulnerable with us. We should always try to listen to our children no matter how insignificant the issue may be.
ARE YOU IN CHARGE OR THE CHILDREN CALL THE SHOTS?
There must be a leader in the family and it’s best if it’s an adult. As parents, we need to direct the daily activities of our children, set boundaries and help them make wise decisions.
“Children learn more from what we do, than from what we tell them to do.”
Have you ever thought about how our actions or the little things we do influence the kind of parents we are or will be? Let’s talk about that a bit and let’s see how well we are tracking.
IS THERE LOVE AND AFFECTION?
Children need to feel loved and they also want to know that they are lovable. How do we do these? We can do these through our actions and words. They need a constant reminder that they are loved. It creates in them a sense of belonging and reassurance.
Teach them the importance of effective communication. This doesn’t only give them a winning edge in business but life in general. Teach them how to maintain eye contact. Help them work on their self-esteem as well. Always encourage them to write correctly, speak in a polite manner and respect others. Most importantly, teach them to always pay attention and listen to people.
You can also teach them how to create opportunities for themselves. Sometimes, university degrees are not sustainable. Dynamic employment markets are the makers of today’s world. Let’s teach our children to empower themselves at a young age, find themselves and impact lives positively.
“Independence creates confidence”- Lindy Abittan.
When you teach your child entrepreneurial skills, they learn to become dependent on themselves for their own success. To inspire creative thinking, ask them to share with you how to create money to get an item for themselves and work on it with them. It inspires creative thinking.
Teach them some marketing skills through creative/interesting ways. Let them share with you how they can attract clients in their future business. Remember, it’s not meant to be a rigorous task. It should be fun or else they’ll lose interest.
Entrepreneurism and children are such an excellent match. It’s something that comes naturally to them. They fantasize a lot about getting things for themselves in the future and sometimes create a world of their own.
In the next couple of days, let’s share from these lessons on how to improve the confidence level of our children and help them create successful lives through entrepreneurial opportunities and education.
To be continued
If you’re trusted and liked by your pupils, your classroom becomes a loving and beautiful place where your pupils look forward to being part of everyday process. This is a plus for every teacher because it helps in everything you do with your pupils and your work becomes easier for you.
How do you do this?
Begin by showing and telling them how much you appreciate them and how much you love being their teacher. Children respond to love from their teachers and they’re easily motivated when they are loved.
Let them know that you understand the pressure that they face and how they constantly stretch themselves to become better. Make them know you enjoy being their teacher. Don’t be seen as the “big bad wolf.” Be reachable. Make them feel valuable, always.
Don’t be quick to condemn your pupils. Always be kind and affectionate but be firm in your approach. Constantly see the good in them irrespective of their characters. You can reward good performances with star stickers. As you do this, it pulls them into more, within the scope of your influence, building trust and confidence in you.
As a parent, your words go a long way in encouraging or discouraging your child.
As a teacher, positive words inspire and are constructive, while negative words discourage and demoralise a pupil.
Your words have profound effect on the attitude and behaviour of your child. Telling your pupils you believe in them and that they can do better with their studies can inspire them to try harder. If a child thinks that his teacher believes he can learn and be good at any subject, that child will feel proud and be ready to improve in his school work. Children desperately need someone to believe in their worth and encourage them to try harder and do their best.
As educators we strive to discover each child’s strength, by doing so we are helping our children discover themselves and also to believe in their abilities.
Always think and stop before saying something degrading to a child.
In every successful class, one of the secrets of achieving your desired result for your pupils is to create a learning experience that they love being part of.
One of the easiest ways of doing this is by infusing the element of the practicals, which creates opportunities for your pupils to PLAY.
Play, on its own, is a form of interaction because it helps in developing one’s creativity more than any other method of teaching. It has a way of pulling pupils into a state of flow, of what is being taught. It also goes a long way to calm the nerves, control anxiety or even eradicate fear from your pupils.
Take for example, a mother who is preparing her shy daughter for a school presentation; introduces a method of asking her to mimic her favourite cartoon character and at the same time recite the lines of her presentation. At the end of the day, she did not only get the lines, she enjoyed herself as well.
Play helps them to become part of what they are learning. Once it’s done in a class room setting with clearly defined boundaries, it allows you ask virtually anything of your class. Always get your pupils up and moving by asking them to demonstrate what you are teaching. This is the “practical” mentioned earlier. By doing this, it will be difficult for them to forget what is being taught.
Finally, try as much as possible to always keep your pupils busy with this method because it would help in keeping them fresh and intrinsically motivated and prepared for higher-level activities.