Help Your Children Reach Their Full Potential - Tips and Suggestions
By Andrew Loh
For years, researchers have been trying to find out ways and methods to
make children perform to best of their abilities. Past research suggests
that children can reach their full potential by integrating classroom
education with emotional and mental skills. The skills and techniques
that children use to reach their full potential should focus on
emotional, social and brain functions. However, the goal should focus on
the "executive or managerial functions" of the brain.
These brain functions allow your children to learn how to behave in front of others,
think in a productive way, manage emotions, and administer behavior and
mannerism, and develop critical scholastic abilities. Scholastic, social,
academic and life skills could play an important role in streamlining your children's
personal and professional career.
Here are some of the methods and techniques to make your
children reach the best of their abilities and characters.
Focus, emotional and self-control
The world around your children is full of confusions, contradictions and
distractions. It is normal for children to loose their way in the
vicious web of various issues related to life. If you want your children
to succeed in life, you may need to teach your children how to focus on
their goals and later develop discipline and self-control to reach the
goalpost. Focus, concentration and self-control involve issues like
attention, concentration, dedication, following rules, flexible thinking
To help your children achieve these objectives, parents will need to teach various games,
exercises and methods. Tips for parents:
Chess is an amazing board game with an ability to provide a series of
benefits. It helps develop concentration, focus and dedication. It also
helps your children develop critical thinking skills.
Yoga lessons: Yoga is a great way to bust stress and improve general health.
Yoga can rejuvenate both mind and the body. It can help children focus
and improve concentration.
Play dart game: Playing dart game
will help children develop focus, self-control, enhance attention span
and develop concentration.
Learning how to take control of perspective
This is an important social skill. It travels beyond just empathy. With this skill, your children
will learn how others think and feel. The most
significant advantage of this skill is that your children will learn how
to handle and manage people. Tips for parents:
Develop reading habit: Reading is a marvelous activity. It helps you know the
fictional characters, their mind, their thinking and perceptions and
later compare them with your own perspectives.
Learn to communicate
Communicating with others is
perhaps the most important social skill. Without proper communication,
this world will cease to exist. Better communication can sort out
differences, conflicting interests and quarrels among different people.
Communication is not about reading, writing or conversing. It is
about what you want to communicate and how you do it. Most of us lack
this essential skill and your children are no different. Tips
Talk to different people: Your children should develop the art of
conversation with others. When they talk to other people, they will
develop a skill to gauge other peoples' minds and their intentions.
Ask important questions: The art of conversation always
involves important words - why, what, where, how, when, which, and they can help
your children learn the art of conversation. You should ask a series of
questions that include these words.
Learning how to set up connections
Making connections with others is the essence of
learning. This skill tells us what is similar and dissimilar. It
also helps us in identifying various pieces of disoriented information-bits
and later connects them to create a meaning. It is a social skill as well. Tips for parents:
Play board games: Board games like
sorting, raffle, business and puzzles will help your children develop
skills that relate to making connections with different objectives,
patterns and people.
Play with pictures and images: Your
children can cut pictures from magazines and paste them on an album in a
sequence. In other words, the book should tell them a picture story.
They can paste plants and animals pictures along with other supporting
images required to make a pictorial story.
Develop critical thinking skills
Beliefs, decisions, actions, reactions and affirmations are important components of critical thinking.
Critical thinking is the foundation stone for acquiring all other skills. Tips
Curiosity leads to critical thinking: Your
children should develop the art of imagination and visualization.
Critical thinking is also the stepping-stone to learn how to
differentiate between things and events.
Nature: Plants, animals and natural objects are the great tools that teach critical
thinking to your children. Your children can visit a public garden and
study how plants and trees flower and later develop into fruits.
Give problems: Analyzing problems and later deducting solutions for
those problems will not only help develop critical thinking, but also
lead to the development of problem solving skills.
Accept challenges and risks
Life is full of challenges and risks. Challenges come in many forms and types. Each challenge
needs a different solution. Children, who learn how to face challenges
and daily risks, always perform better in their life. Tips for parents:
Praise efforts and not personality: Praising efforts
is more productive than praising personalities. One example is because
of your hard work, you did so well in your tests". This simple praise
will challenge your children's attitude to perform better in their classroom.
In nutshell, children can easily reach their full potential, when
parents help them to streamline their overall personality and various
skills. However, remember that only a combination of several skills and
capabilities will work together to help children reach the top of their life.
Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential
By Peg Dawson, EdD and Richard Guare, PhD
There is nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle
with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school.
Your "smart but scattered" child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or
managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there is a lot you can do to help.
The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to
succeed lack or lag behind in crucial "executive skills"--the fundamental habits of mind
required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions.