“Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Parents always wish that their children should do well in whatever they do. However, some also want that their children should excel each and every time in every activity irrespective of whether the child enjoys it or not. Like each child is different, in a similar manner each parent is different. We as parents must keep in mind that what works for Mr and Mrs Z’s son may not work for our son. Well, I am sure that all of are aware of this. But on the road to parenting, we forget this and insist that our child also follows the others.
Rather them pressurising them and forcing them in certain activities, it is best to help them with what they like. When allowed to opt their activities without coaxing them, they enjoy the given set of activities and learn to tap each opportunity and grow with it. Not only this, but it also reflects in their mannerisms, the way they talk and a zeal to learn the same.
Here is how you can nurture your little ones to become future Micheal Angelo’s, Beethoven’s and whatever they want…
For the Child Who is a Stage Enthusiast:
Some children are born actors. They are outgoing, love to perform, don’t shy away and enjoy the limelight. Some of the best activities for these children are theatre, drama, dancing and singing. The formative years of a child are very critical to help them understand what they enjoy doing the most.
For the Child Who Loves Nature:
If your child loves spending time in the garden and often wonders how the plants grow and also takes care of them, then it is a good sign. Your child shows an affinity towards nature and it is best to hone their skills in the activities which take them close to nature. Gardening is the perfect option, it not only teaches them to learn about plants but also teaches them to be patient. Photography is yet another activity which they can follow. Getting that one right shot can have several attempts behind it. After all its all about being passionate and patient.
For the Child Who Loves Outdoor Activities:
Who loves to stay in the house all day long? Not me, not my daughter. A lot of children like my daughter love to spend time playing with their friends. Though with the advent of technology this is decreasing drastically … since children are glued to their smartphones, tablets, I-pads and other smart appliances. Well, if children love to play outside it is a very good thing, but channelling their energy in the right direction is very important. Registering them in activities like swimming, camping, self-defence, skating, tennis, badminton and other outdoor sports can work wonders with them. You never know with adequate training they may get laurels home one day.
For the Child Who is Creative:
Being creative helps a child solving problems with a different aspect. It allows you and your child to change your outlook towards life. Creativity helps the child to break the normal routine and do something different and find inspiration in most mundane places. It allows the child to think and ask questions and above all creativity ensures that the child understands the difference and similarity between random thoughts and ideas. Activities like painting, handcrafts, do it your self kits and even best out of the waste are good to start with.
For the Child Who Loves to Stay Indoors:
Some children don’t like to spend much time outside the house. If this is the case, it is perfectly fine. Don’t push your child, rather nurture them accordingly so that they do not land up spending time with the gadgets and smart appliances. Try to indulge them in cooking, creative writing, playing an instrument like a piano or a guitar. I am sure they will definitely extract the best out of these activities and stun you when they become chefs, musicians and writers.
Still confused, where to start from! don’t be, just go and have a talk with your child, try to find out what they like, discover what talent they have and make their childhood worthwhile.