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Bringing Out the Best in Your Child

29/02/2012 child care, Opinion

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List for Help in Raising a Child
List for Help in Raising a Child

List for Help in Raising a Child

  • To help in bringing out the best in your child, allowing her to discover her own interests observing what kind of activity that she chooses during free-time play, will give you lots of information about where her gifts lie.
  • Expose her to many different activities and experiences. They may trigger an interest which hasn't manifested itself yet. Don't assume that your child is not gifted in a particular area just because he or she has not shown an interest.
  • Allow your child to make mistakes and don't criticise her when mistakes do happen. If she is expected to do everything perfectly,  she be too frightened to take risks which are necessary to discover and develop her talent.
  • Ask questions a lot, and if your child asks you a question answer it with another. Encourage your child to learn about the wonders of nature and the way things work by asking intriguing question. Why do we need to breathe air? Why is the water in the reservoir blue (or green, or gray) then find out the answers together.
  • Do experiments together. For example allowing steam to condense on a mirror will help her to understand water cycle. It is easy and quick to do, but may trigger her scientific curiosity.
  • Don't put too much pressure on your child to learn. Sending your daughter off to ballet, tennis and violin lessons may make her too exhausted and stressed and may put her off learning forever.
  • It okay to set high goals. But make them achievable.
  • Discuss your own career and your own work. Let your child see that you are engaged in meaningful and rewarding activities. Keep your child involved in what you do.
  • Provide a stimulating environment for your child to play in. Have things in the home that will stimulate the senses, such as finger paints paper and pencils musical instruments puppets and other toys.
  • Show your child that you are still keenly interested in learning. Frequently refer to atlases and encyclopaedias  as a way of  improving your knowledge of a particular topic.
  • Be careful with labels. If in the presence of your child you tell others that she is "shy", then that is how she will perceive herself, and will most likely end up behaving.
  • Play games together as a family.
  • Have regular time for reading or listening to music and talking together as a family.
  • Allow your child to participate in community activities that interest her.
  • Tell jokes and silly stories of to encourage creativity.
  • -Don't criticise harshly. Judgement of your child's achievements may cause her to give up on her talents if she feels everything she does is being measured against some yardstick.
  • Play with each other often.
  • Allow your child to access a computer.
  • Listen to everything your child says. What she cares about the most will give you hints to her special talents.
  • Give your child a special time and place to be creative.
  • Give you child household chores to do, and praise them for their responsibility when they are done.
  • Give him or her free time to simply daydream and wonder.
  • Encourage your child to write short stories.
  • Share stories and anecdotes about people who have succeeded in life.
  • Don't bribe your child with rewards for study, as it sends a message that learning is not rewarding in its own right.
  • Encourage your child to join club or group, which allow him or her to focus on her gift.
  • Read the newspaper together to spark interest in current events.
  • Do not compare your child to other children.
  • Take trips to museums concerts and plays.
  • Encourage your child to think about what he he might be doing in the future. Encourage him to broaden his vision.
  • Describe to your child interesting and accomplished people, and talk about their special gifts.
  • The kitchen are a good place for teaching weights, measures  and ratios while having fun baking cookies.
  • Encourage your child to read.
  • Praise your child's creations.
  • Accompany or child in activities of his interest.
  • Teach your child to trust his own judgment and believe in himself.
  • Give your child choices but always offer guidance.
  • Encourage her to overcome difficulties and confront them.
  • Help her to find an outlet for her talents.
  • Accept your child for what she is.