In today’s fast paced world, helping your children be more able is a necessity. Regardless of what age they are, each can help do what they are capable of doing. The more you let them do, the more practice they get and thus, more capable and able. It’s a great feeling as a parent or a teacher to help them blossom and then watch them do it on their own.
Here’s some things to keep in mind in helping your children become more able:
- Show them how to do something and explain how it works. You might have to do so a several times, but be patient as they’ll catch on. They are fast learners.
- Be honest. If you know the answers to their questions, then by all means, share what you know. Be open to different viewpoints. If you do not know the answer, there are many resources to find the answer. But be honest and tell the truth.
- Give them something to do regularly that helps around the house so they feel that they are contributing to the family. Explain how the family works and the hats or jobs each participant in the family must do to keep it functioning. Children find it rewarding to know they are helping out and they are a vital member of the family.
- Praise them often yet be truthful if something wasn’t done up to standards. Be critical yet with a soft voice, if you will. Demeaning their attempts to become more able will just create a stop on their end. Encourage, encourage, encourage.
- Once a task is given that they are able to do, then increase the gradient on it and it will increase their ability. For example: if younger children like to fold clothes, then the next step is to teach them where the clothes go-in which drawer and so forth. You might could even label the shelf or drawers with a picture or words.
- Stay positive in what YOU are doing and set a good example. The more able you are, the more they will want to emulate that from your example
- Communicate often and help them express themselves more so that they know they can come to you regardless. Build a foundation of trust and you’ll have a set the pace for life.
These are just some of the ways that you as a parent or a teacher can help children become more able. This list is by no means all there is. There’s bound to be more things to add to this list, so feel free by leaving a comment. Helping others builds trust and helps to build a better, more capable future for not only others but safeguards the future for yourself as well.
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