Category: Personal Development Written by Sophia Smith Views: 1323
Children like to dream and they dream big – as they should. After all, it’s the time when they have these dreams that they can actually do something about achieving them. Still, in order to stay on the right path and continuously believe in themselves, kids also need their parents’ support. And as a parent, you don’t have to find your child’s dreams realistic in order to instil proper motivation and show beneficial guidance that will help your kid develop into a strong and confident person who works hard for their goals.
Never deny your children’s dreams
As an adult, you probably tend to think rationally most of the time and maybe don’t even remember the way you used to dream when you were young. But kids have big dreams and they should stay big. If you think about it, what’s the point of denying your child’s dreams aside from limiting their full potential. In their childhood, kids use their creativity and imagination to solve problems, play, learn and dream. And in that respect, encouraging them to pursue their dreams will only help them develop important mental and emotional skills necessary for the ultimate success in life. And the ultimate success in life actually means the ability to follow through with one’s ideas and dreams.
Don’t be negative
Kids won’t understand where you’re coming from if you’re constantly negative about life and especially their dreams. For children, the world is a magical place that’s filled with opportunities to discover and explore. Your negativity and disdain for their dreams won’t be received in a logical manner. In childhood, kids connect their dreams and ideas to the world around them. Getting in the way of their dreams won’t just stop their dreaming but their interest in their surroundings as well. Moreover, if you teach the kids that there’s no point in their dreams the chances are that they’ll understand such a statement as if there was no point in learning, trying or even engaging in other activities at all.
Focus on developing the “whole child”
There used to be some major differences between the learning approaches in the west and the east. However, there are plenty of educational institutions in Asia that have already taken significant steps in embracing the holistic approach to a child’s development, thus effectively nurturing the “whole child”. This means that the common theoretical learning has become redundant in favour of creative learning, learning through play and overall personal development. For instance, choosing the right education centre in Hong Kong can affect your kids considerably. You want a place that will foster your child’s individuality and ability to dream big; not a traditional school that only focuses on theoretical knowledge with complete disregard for the personality.
Create positive learning incentives
In order to support your children’s dreams, the help of a holistic learning centre is essential but nothing tops your own parental incentives. In that respect, don’t hesitate to engage in your child’s interests. For example, you can ask questions about the things they seem to enjoy as well as their dreams. This approach will help the child articulate their thoughts and generally improve their critical thinking. Take the time to play educational and fun games that will let the child put their interests to good use. Also, don’t hesitate to research the kids’ dreams together with them. When they feel supported, children won’t fear decision-making or developing more interests.
Boost their communication skills
Ease of communication is paramount for kids’ development, especially when it comes to the holistic approach and working towards their dreams. In that respect, it’s not just about you talking to your kids but putting them in situations where they’ll have to socialize as well. Education centres, as mentioned, are a great start for the kids to be in the company of their own peers. But, do your best to find play groups and generally encourage your kid to spend most of their time outdoors. There are plenty of benefits when it comes to outdoor play and improved social skill is one of them. However, this skill is crucial for their growth, acceptance of other people, the ability to recognize someone with bad intentions and generally forming their own opinions and self-esteem.
There’s no such thing as an unrealistic dream for a child. And you, as a parent and adult, should never get in the way of their dreaming. After all, if they have the chance to dream big when they’re still little, children will adapt their dreams to something they truly want and can achieve as they grow up.
Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify and Carousel.
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