Back in week 4 of last term I shared with you the first three points of Vicki Caruana’s book called Giving your Child the Excellence Edge: 10 Traits your Child Needs to Achieve Lifelong Success as summarised by alldadpro.com. Here are the next seven from the website to give you some insight in helping your child reach excellence.
4) Teach your children to be critical thinkers
Discernment and reasoning play a large part in critical thinking. Encourage your children to apply the scientific method to daily problems. For example, in determining the best way to walk to school, your kids would first state the question, form a hypothesis (i.e. Elm Street to Maple Street is best), test it through experimentation (timing how long that route takes), and then draw conclusions.
5)Teach your children to become information managers
Children need to know how to find, evaluate, store, and use information. There is as much bad information out there as there is good. Our kids need the necessary skills to sift through and retain the correct information.
6)Teach your children to become cooperative learner
Cooperative learners participate in group learning experiences and are helpful to fellow students They can negotiate with a balance of assertiveness, consideration, and flexibility. And they show patience with those who do not learn as quickly as they do. Essentially, these students get along well with their fellow classmates. In your home, be sure to instill this important lesson by teaching and modeling respect for others.
7) Teach your children to become effective communicators
Make sure your children understand the concept of tone and that the way something is said can be just as important as what is said. A good communicator also focuses on respectful listening. Caruana suggests teaching your kids how to sit still and listen by having them listen to books on tape. Start at 5 minutes a day and gradually work up to 30 minutes per sitting.
8) Teach your children to become confident leaders
Confident leaders know how to listen to the opinions of others, are comfortable in their leadership style, and have a defined vision. Be sure to model good leadership in your home and to always treat others with respect.
9)Teach your children to become efficient time managers
Help your children create a timeline with goals for completing tasks on time instead of waiting until the last minute. Teach your children the value of being prompt and set consequences if they run late for school. Use your children’s chores to teach them about deadlines. Make sure your children are also effectively using their free time by engaging in a variety of activities (i.e. reading, playing outdoors) instead of just sitting in front of the television or computer.
10) Teach your children to become self assessors
Self-assessment skills will help your children know and improve on their weaknesses and build their strengths. They may find journaling helpful in identifying areas in which they struggle. Have occasional parent/child conferences during the school year to check on their progress and to help your children identify areas needing improvement.
Mrs Isabelle Millien