The economic situation in my country right now has educated people on family planning better than all the campaigns put together! Families are getting smaller in size so parents can give the best education, and provide food, shelter, as well as clothing to meet the physical needs of their children. The mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious hence they are not easy to meet, yet they play pivotal role.
According to experts, mental health allows children to think clearly, develop socially and learn new skills while good friends and encouraging words from adults help children develop self-confidence, high esteem and healthy emotional outlook. So as your child’s first teacher, have you done enough in this regard?Before you complain about your child’s manners/ behaviour/ attitude, ask yourself if you have demonstrated what good manners/behaviour/attitude should be, after all, the first belief and value system of a child is usually a reflection of what he or she sees the adults around him/ her doing.
Another question to ask before you ‘nag’ is, have I identified, reinforced and created an enabling environment for my child(ren) to thrive?
My child love drawing, does he or she have extra drawing book and crayons apart from the one the school has given?
My son likes watching documentaries on animals, when are you planning to buy him a pet?
My daughter likes writing; do you read wh
at she has written and give feedback?
My children are always running around or stuck to the television, when last did you read to them and have them tell you stories? When did you engage them in playing cards, draughts or chess with you?
Raising well rounded children goes beyond academic achievements. Diligent and deliberate steps must be taken to ensure they have good social and moral values too.
Therefore, if you want your child to be a good writer, it is not enough that she/he is good in Literature and English grammar only. You must be ready to encourage him/her to be good at:
1-Listening not just hearing.
2-Looking and seeing.
Some parents/ adults don’t pay attention at all, yet they expect their children to pay attention to details! Be a role model to your child(ren), let your actions encourage them. If you want your child to be a gentleman / lady, let your own etiquette and attitude speak for you.Also, if you want yo
ur children to live their dreams, then you’ve got to live yours and show them what living one’s dream is all about.
Make sure the promise to give your children the best includes encouraging them to have a healthy and positive outlook in life. Don’t keep nagging and telling them how you were ‘this and that’ back in the day. It is important to note that with children, if you must talk the talk, be prepared to walk the walk.
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#OperationWalkTheTalkNowP.S.: My opening sentence is not a fact, it’s an assumption.