As parents, it’s easy to give criticism and praise for things that are tied to a test and a grade, but it’s more important to encourage children in the activities that they choose to pursue out of their own ambition. They also need to see some of these ideas and projects through to completion.
- Does your child have an idea to improve something? Encourage them to draw up a plan, and help them find ways to pitch their idea.
- Did your child create a play or routine? Help them set up a performance, even if it’s just for family and friends.
- Does your child love to draw, paint, or do other kinds of artwork and crafts? Help them choose their favorites, and enter them in a fair or gallery. Make sure you visit, so they can see their work on display.
- Has your child written a story or newsletter? Help them print or publish their writing, and distribute it to the right audience.
Be The Cheerleader
The possibilities are endless, but the important thing to remember is that you should follow your child’s lead. Whatever they want to do, you need to be their biggest fan. Stand behind them and have faith in them when nobody else does. They need to know that they are capable of anything.
Some of the biggest gains in life and career come when we go out on a limb and take a risk. It feels uncomfortable at first, but we can learn valuable lessons from the mistakes that we make.
Parents tend to be a little overbearing, but you’ll need to learn when and how to step back and let your child take risks and learn from their own mistakes. You can still be there for your child, letting them know that mistakes are okay and encourage them to pick themselves up and try again.
Don’t Force It
You’ll need to look for ways to incorporate these into your child’s own interests and personality. Never force them into doing things they don’t want to, as this could lead them to resent these activities rather than learn from them.