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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Feeling like sharing all the positives today- all the sun, light breezes, smiles, music, hugs, art, books and tweets this spring day!
#WorldBookDay- pass the positives along.
Hoping you’ve had your quota of positives today…
Illustration by S. Cameron Chambers ©2014
With Christmas approaching, I wonder how many people actually feel they are carrying the Christ within?
Within their body, their very being?
Do you carry that vibration of Love?
When it all seems down and out
Check out where your energy
has gone- to what and to whom.
Have you put Life first?
It’s not too late to start again.
Stop the mindless chatter.
Change your focus.
Start your day again.
But, Of Course!
This page is from the book entitled, Nature’s Gift to Humanity by Mary Rensberry, author and photographer of the Extra-Ordinary!
Look and thou shalt find a solution. We are problem-solvers…lovers of Life and Love.
Here’s a sample from one of her
pages in Nature’s Gift to Humanity.
Questioned recently by a fellow artist, Stephen White:
“I’ve got to ask; what was your inspiration/goal behind words of wisdom (quite nice, by the way) matched with pictures of pigeon poop? I’m perfectly serious about asking: I’m not sure if you’re going for irony, humor, or genuinely scatological art. In any case, I like the bold concept!”
Mary’s reply, “Quite simply-I choose to change my viewpoint on what most people think of as “bird poop” to the work of art done by the pigeons. Most likely I’m going for all of the above as you state.
Seeing pictures and using them as I do is a twist, isn’t it?”smile emoticon
Stephen: “Art is about changing peoples’ perspectives on what they see and
experience. You’re definitely doing that! (Or should I say doo-dooing that?)” (grin)
So Mary is do-dooing just that…taking the works of art done by her new found friends, photographing them and writing inspirations to help to change people’s perspectives in the world one picture and line at a time.
Author and Master Pooptologist and Photographer
Nature’s Gift to Humanity received a helping hand this past week from one of the most popular blogs of A Opinionated Man located here: http://bit.ly/1qQRiFW
It is truly amazing what happens when a person puts his positive thoughts on an object or person. It is miraculous to say the least!
Here’s an excerpt from my book. Enjoy!
May the beauty of you shine through you this day offering hope to others.
Author at QuickTurtle Books®
May words bring healing
to your heart I’m feeling
Some may not be appealing
Why not healing words
with only positive verbs.
February 22, 2010
Author at QuickTurtle Books
Just out: Nature’s Gifts to Humanity
Poem dedicated to L. Ron Hubbard, Humanitarian