When a child is born, we have great hopes and expectations for them to become the best them they can be. Every parent wonders what can be done for their child to reach their full potential.
Here are a few tips by Helene Goldnadel to help you along the way of having your child flourish and develop his talents.
1) Don’t stress out…
Placing too much of a focus on the development of your child, will only detain them. Even from very young, children sense when their parents are anxious and this works counter-productive.
2) Let your children lead the way.
Follow their interests, let them show you what they want to learn and help them only if they so desire.
Strewing is a term often used in unschooling, it means casually leaving things linger around your child for him to pick up or discard. Now we’re not only talking books here. Any variety of things can spark an interest in your child: fruits, beads, toys, games… While your child still chooses what sparks his interest, you may still point out things that you find worthwhile.
4) Don’t place too much focus on linguistic and mathematical intelligence…
Even though these are the most valued skills in our society, there are at least 7 forms of intelligence, so that leaves 5 others your child can be accomplished in.
5) Games and toys
are a great way for your child to learn and develop himself. Pick the right toys and games and join in every once in a while.
Fun is by far the most important factor in achieving anything for your child. If they are not enjoying themselves, they will not benefit from the experience.
7) Explore the world, go outside, travel.
There are so many things to learn, see, feel, touch, it would be a pity to pass on all those marvels. Travel leaves few people untouched. The excitement of new surroundings, meeting new people, the clash of cultures…
8) Craft and art supplies
These are great things to have lying around. Invest in a wide variety of paints, coloring material, beads, rope, etc… and leave them at your child’s disposal.
Even though books should not be your primary focus in sparking interests in your child, they are a great secondary tool. Access to a good library (or establishing a varied collection in your home) is a nice idea if your child needs to do additional research, or if they are just looking for a good read.
10) Computers and the internet
Both can be used in a variety of skill building. As social networks, as recreational or research tool. You can choose to be present if they go online, or not.
11) Be a role model.
A parent who is open and interested in the world will most likely raise an interested child.