All of us need at least one skill to manage life, work, and relationships successfully. Since no one is magically born with such skills, we must help our kids find where they are good at and help them acquire the skills that they need.
As parents, we have a big role to play because we are our kid’s first teacher. We must guide them throughout this learning and development process until they can stand on their own.
Our responsibilities as parents have become even more apparent as we spend more time with our kids and continue to adapt to digital transformation. With that, we have listed some easy-to-follow tips on how you can help your kids acquire the skills that they need.
- Follow their interest
Interest drives learning. When kids are interested in what they are learning, they are more likely to pay attention and process information more effectively.
With that, catching and holding your kid’s interests would be a great contributory factor when they are learning a new skill. In fact, a study shows that kids perform better when their interests are included in the everyday learning activities.
To identify and learn your kid’s interest, you can use this checklist as an approach or you can level with your kids and interact with them. The former would not only let you identify your kid’s interests, but you would also get to bond and share moments with them.
- Provide them with resources
Your role as a parent is crucial to your kid’s success. Even if your kid is naturally gifted, if you do not provide them with the proper training and resources then it would just wither and go to waste.
By providing your kids with the right support, resources, education, and training, you would also be helping them succeed in their future careers. Some of the skills they acquired during childhood will solidify by the time they reach adulthood.
That being the case, you should start honing their skills from early on.
For instance, if your kid likes to cook, then you can attend cooking classes with him; if she likes creating apps, then provide her with some coding for kids learning materials; if he likes to draw, then buy him some art supplies.
There are a lot of things that you can do to support your child. You just need to know where their interests and passions lie so that you can help them improve their talents and skills. To learn coding is just one example that opens so many doors.
- Let them make mistakes
Mistakes help build your kids’ character and identity. As cliché as it is, their experience will always be the best teacher. Your kids would be able to learn and develop good judgment from their mistakes. It would help them gain a new perspective and compels them to do things differently from before.
Knowing how to deal with mistakes is especially important when they are learning a new skill. It enables them to solve problems creatively. Should they ever hit a roadblock in the learning process, they can easily stand on their feet again because they already know how to deal with it.
- Build their confidence
Your kids are capable of achieving great things. They just need to learn to trust themselves and their capabilities. Without trust and confidence, they would not be able to venture out of their comfort zone and explore new things.
Therefore, you need to help them gain the confidence that they need to succeed. One of the best ways to do this is to encourage their curiosity.
Since your kids are still unfamiliar with some of the things around them, they would have a lot of questions about it. Rather than shutting their questions down, you should try to level with them and answer their questions (even the most annoying ones) as much as possible.
So when they start learning a new skill, they would not be afraid to ask questions. Apart from that, they would not be afraid to admit that they are unaware of or cannot understand a certain subject. This, in turn, would make the learning process a lot easier and you would be able to know which areas need improvement.
- Encourage independence
One of the most important traits that you can teach to your kids is independence. Given that we would not always be with them, you should make sure that they are capable of adjusting and handling different situations. This way, they would be able to think on their feet when the situation calls for.
You can foster your child’s independence by giving them the freedom to make their own decisions. It would then allow them to take responsibility for their actions. And as a result, they would have better judgment and they would be more discerning when making decisions.
Having a sense of independence would also encourage your kids to plan for the future. This would in turn enable them to explore different subjects and learn skills that they can use for their future careers.
To that end, your child’s success is also relative to your role as a parent. Since personal development in the early years greatly contributes to their success in the future, you should motivate them to be better, set a good example, and all in all, support them throughout their journey.