Want To Raise a Smart & Kind Child?
Imagine your child entering kindergarten, junior high, and college and then finding a dream job. One that is perfect fit for their talents, skills and interests. As a caring adult, wouldn’t you feel happy for them? Wouldn’t it make you happy to find out that by spending time connecting while they were young will make it easier for them in the world of work.
One of the best ways to increase the chances of your child’s success in school and life is to help them develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Help them to learn to read and gain a vocabulary of words. What words mean; how to use them in sentences and how to read them on a page or tablet. There is a direct correlation between vocabulary and success in school.
Connection and Conversations
Perhaps the purest joy in relationships is in the privilege of sharing. Precious hours that caring adults and children spend in each other’s company are remembered longest with the greatest delight. The mutual joy of sharing time together in conversation and connection will form a chain of experiences which give a child a deep sense of security. It will affirm the love and acceptance for their presence.
Read, Sing and Talk
As a Ready to Learn Instructor for PBS some years ago it was a honor to teach caring adults to read, sing and talk to their babies at least 20 minutes a day face to face. That seems like so little time in a day when toddlers interrupt every four minutes, but it is hard for some parents, to really concentrate and connect physically and spiritually with the child. DO IT ANYWAY.
Children Learn What They Live
Dorothy Law Nolte’s poem “Children Learn What They Live” tells us how children develop values of justice, honest, compassion, empathy, confidence and faith. Just as surely, kids also develop attitudes about learning. Assist your child to be a lover of learning. That is how you Raise a Smart & Kind Child.
If a child lives with books, storytelling, and reading aloud on his parent’s laps, he learns to enjoy reading.
If a child lives with notes and letters exchanged in the course of his life, he learns to enjoy writing.
If a child has conversations with parents and siblings around the dinner table, and while working and playing together, he learns good language and listening skills.
If a child has time and encouragement to develop his own plans and the freedom to make projects, he learns critical thinking skills and initiative.
If a child learns to finish jobs at home and get his studies done, he learns responsibility and time management.
If a child is taught to be organized with his possessions, he learns to be reliable and responsible for handouts and materials that he receives throughout the day.
If a child has an opportunity to be taught in his own learning style and strengths, he will become an active and involved student. He will grow in confidence and self-esteem.
If a child’s questions are encouraged and then answered honestly, he will feel free to examine other points of view and enlarge his thinking skills. When adults answer questions and engage in conversation, the child’s mind is opened to new possibilities.
If a child has security and stability at home, he has an inner sense of being safe and grounded. Once that foundation is in place, he is free to focus and concentrate on his studies and interests.
If a child lives with positive expectations and has success in meeting small goals, he is encouraged to move forward toward the challenges ahead.