Often times, pupils develop low self-esteem when they don’t perform well and constantly make mistakes. Teachers, model to your pupils the graceful acceptance of mistakes. That way, we are teaching them that we all make mistakes, we can recover from any mistake and that even intelligent people also make mistakes.
Teachers, please practice what you preach. Don’t feel ashamed when your pupils correct you or challenge your trail-of-thought. Instead of yelling “SHUT UP AND LISTEN!” take advantage of the interaction and engage them further. Then commend them for pointing out the mistakes.
As a teacher, be humbled by your mistakes. It brings you down from your high horse, and then turns it into something more positive by recognizing your errors and further expanding your mind by acquiring more information on the subject matter. It sharpens your teaching skills.
YOU KNOW YOU’RE DOING A GOOD JOB WHEN YOUR CHILDREN ARE HAPPY AND CONTENT
This is an indicator of a child’s well-being. It shows there’s some kind of stability and predictability in the home. Children thrive in such an environment. When there’s order, it helps them focus on what they’re meant to do – which is growing, learning and developing.
We try our best as parents to do what is right for our children. Sometimes the road is tough and could also be easy. So we must take the right steps by ensuring that we act in their best interest in firmness with love, fairness, patience and honesty.
WHAT PRINCIPLES DO THEY LEARN FROM YOU?
Teaching our children good moral values to live by daily goes a long way in sharpening their behavioural patterns. Never relent on your efforts in teaching values, it often times stays with them and before long you’ll begin to see the fruits of your labour. Some children do experience difficulty, but effective and consistent parenting helps to clear the path for learning in every child.
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.
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.
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
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.