Girls exploring at river

We all want our children to be the best they can possibly be and there are so many things we can do to help them along. I think we all try to teach them the life skills they are going to need and are quite hot on manners and politeness. We want our children to be inclusive and think of others. We also hope that they are going to live by our values and respect other people opinions and consider their feelings.

What else could you do (but aren’t already doing) to bring the best out of your children? Here are five things that you may not have thought of:

5 Ways to Bring out the Best in Your Child

  1. Teach your children to dream big and not to worry too much about failure. We all have to fail at some time in order to reach the place we want to be. To reach our dreams there will always be challenges and disappointment. We would not learn so much about who we are and what we are capable of if we were not stretched. As they say, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. Everyone needs to have dreams!
  2. Teach children to be curious about the world around them and always ask questions. They may sound like silly questions to them but if they don’t ask them, they will not broaden their knowledge base.We want them to have interests in lots of different areas and know random stuff. It makes them more interesting people and a thirst for knowing more is a positive trait.
  3. Teach your children about integrity and keeping their promises. If they are able to learn this then their friends and other people they come into contact with in later life will be able to trust them. No-one likes a gossip or someone who goes back on their word.
  4. Teach children not to blame others for their own mistakes and about the importance of not passing the blame onto others. These are two different things. When things go wrong for your child, get them to take full responsibility for their actions and own up to what has happened. This will help them grasp the importance of taking ownership of their lives. Secondly if they are accused of doing something and it was not their fault teach them to say it was not their fault and not land anyone else in it. This is not a kind thing to do and your child will be seen as getting others in trouble.
  5. Encourage your children to experiment and explore. By allowing them to do more for themselves they will see that you trust them, it will give them confidence and it will also increase their self-esteem by seeing that they are able to do new things. Children need to be taken out of their comfort zones as they are not always going to be within them throughout life. Teach your child to get out and ‘have a go’.

 

Would you agree with these statements? As parents,  we need to encourage our child’s personal development and help to give them the tools they need to grow as people.