As they grow, all children face increasing obstacles – in their social and physical development, their academic and emotional and of course, their psychological development. That sounds overwhelming but it’s important to note that without obstacles, there can be no learning!
From the time babies are born, they’re overcoming obstacles. Their inability to walk and talk are the very first challenges to overcome and then it’s all about developing those finer skills which will help them on in life.
As they reach school age, it can be an anxious time for parents. We can’t always be there to pick them up when they fall- and that’s worrying!
So teaching your child to overcome obstacles is a great gift – you’re arming them against the challenges they’ll face in their day-to-day lives.
All children have their strengths and weaknesses. A shy child might for example find the idea of speaking to a child they don’t know an enormous challenge. A child who is nervous of being without their main caregiver would find it hard to spend a night without them.
Try to consider which in which areas your child needs to improve and find small, gentle challenges for them which will help them grow. Take it slowly though – throwing a child in at the deep end will result in more fear. It’s all about slow and steady.
Praise your child for their achievements
Constant praise is vital for children of all ages. They want to please you and generally love to hear you express your pride in their actions. It’s also important that they learn to be proud of themselves and to acknowledge their own achievements.
The idea of setting goals for themselves can help with this.
Teach them to set their own goals
They might be small goals but if children get into the habit of setting them, then they’ll more often begin to feel a sense of achievement.
This pre-prep school in Hampton ensures that all children are regularly challenged to set goals for themselves. This is a habit you can also practice at home. The goals might vary a lot between different children.
Let’s imagine a non-sporty child facing a long day at a sporting event. A good goal for them might be something as simple as ‘finish the race with a smile” or ‘hit the ball once’. Ensure goals are achievable and your child will begin to feel more of a sense of pride and overcome more obstacles.