I’m thrilled to share another guest post with you today.
Since I know many of you are Moms, I wanted to be able to share some thought-provoking insight with you on either parenting or raising healthy kids.
Now while my own childhood experiences are still fresh in my mind, along with being able to relate to how I felt when I was a kid, I can discuss topics about children from time to time from the angle of “this is how I felt as a kid – what worked, what didn’t, etc.,” – since I don’t have any of my own, it isn’t a topic I usually delve into here.
But this is a blog about personal development, creativity, and healthy living. All of these things pertain to both kids and parents.
So I was happy that Emma contacted me to share some of her experiences and knowledge when it comes to raising kids in a conscious way, and today, she’s discussing how to help encourage them to think for themselves.
So without further ado, here’s Emma.
How to Teach Your Kids to Think for Themselves
Nobody teaches you how to be a parent and you can never be prepared enough, no matter how many books you have read or how many advice you have been given. Being a teacher for a long time, I managed to gain the self-confidence needed. And the major lesson kids taught me is to listen to them, feel them and work with them. I tend to think of them as my friends for a lifetime and we are in this together.
A strong society is founded upon hard work and good education. Thus, it is of paramount importance to teach our kids all those ways in which they can think for themselves and extract all the benefits that stem out of doing so.
It is very important to raise a child that can make good decisions without anyone’s assistance.
It is usually very difficult to choose the right path but we can help them by giving them the opportunity to make small decisions.
They have to feel the freedom of choice for themselves and use it in a correct manner, and the best way to ensure this is by teaching it in gradual steps. For example, before going to kindergarten or school, a parent can allow their child to decide what to wear.
This may not seem as a particularly serious choice, but it is a small step on the path towards attaining the ability to make the right choice and decision in the given time. Parents should also abstain from being too critical at first, because this may lead to insecurity. Do everything gradually for there is no need to rush things.
In addition, education is one of the key points to focus on when it comes to teaching children to think for themselves. One of the educational systems which has shown very good results is the Montessori program.
This approach to education is the result of an extensive research into the ways in which children acquire knowledge. It fosters the creation of healthy habits providing a child with all the skills necessary for both a successful education and life.
This education program focuses on child’s innate ability to learn and supports it by providing manifold opportunities for every learner to work on their own thus becoming a successful independent learner prepared for all the challenges that may arise at some point in life.
A very important step towards attaining the level at which a kid is able to think on his or her own is to give them enough opportunities to express themselves and to interact with others. These skills are necessary when it comes to developing the ability of thinking properly.
A parent should not simply disperse information and teach a child to acquire all that they hear without giving it a second thought.
It is very important to ensure that the child is aware of the importance of forming opinions as well as of sifting all they hear through a critical apparatus. Only then can a child be able to think on his or her own without anyone’s help or suggestions.
By interacting with them, and hearing all they have to say we teach them not to take anything for granted but to always be aware of how important it is to both form and express one’s ideas freely without fearing that the feedback might be negative.
We should bear in mind that it is a process and that it takes some time to develop all the necessary skills. These are just a few small steps that might be taken when it comes to ensuring that a child’s ability to think for himself or herself is developed to the proper extent and that they are well prepared for all the big which life entails.
How do you encourage your kids to think for themselves?
About Emma Lawson
Emma is a teacher, constantly improving her skills both as a teacher and as a parent. She is passionate about writing and learning new things that can help you to lead a quality life. She is a regular contributor to High Style Life. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmahLawson