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Helping Your Children Develop Strong Skills

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Oct 19, 2017 7:34 AM

Childhood can be fun yet functional, and parents can contribute in different ways to this. Strong skills are important for the children when it comes to their present and future, as it will empower them not only to be the best version of themselves but also to contribute to the society. As a parent, there are different ways to help your children to develop these strong skills.

Observe your child

Constantly observing your child's behavior will make it easier for you to identify behaviors that should be stopped. Families Naeyc recommends that you write down what happens for reference because some actions are easily forgotten. Noting these behaviors down will make it easier for you to keep track of patterns or deviations that need addressing. In observing your children will allow you to learn their interests, learn the strategies that children to use to achieve their goals and learn more about their personalities.

Teach communication encourages teaching your children how to express themselves and talk about how they feel as it will go a long way to help them manage their emotions. This is important because strong emotions can be scary for the children and they may start acting out. Teach them how to express how they feel and the reactions in their bodies so that you can understand how to help them see a different perspective on the emotions they are experiencing. 

Keep in mind that the children will learn communications skills by observing the parents. The more you communicate with the child, the easier for the children to develop these skills. Remember that your child can also develop inter-social skills when interacting with siblings and friends. Allow your children to associate with their age mates so that the can learn listening skills, ability to interpret non-verbal cues and empathy.

Coaching your children

When your child's behavior does not change, it may be time to get a coach to guide them. Coaching goes a long way to improve the children's behavior including their self-esteem, teamwork, anxiety and building resilience and character. Organisations such as Coach Tube have a variety of sports that your children can engage in, from golf to running, from skating to football. Coaching can also be in the arts and music, where children can learn discipline and nurture their talent. 

The selection of the coaching courses to select will depend on the unique interests of your children. Be careful not to place a child in a course just because to impress people or copy others. This is counter-productive, as it will increase anxiety in the child instead of helping them develop necessary skills to succeed. The best thing about coaching is that the children will not only learn a practical skill, they will also have fun in the process. The secret is to ensure that the coaches you select are not only professional but also have the experience in working with children of all ages. 

Get Involved in their school activities

Children spend most of their time in school, where they learn and interact with others. It is in this environment that children can develop some of their strong skills. Involving yourself in their activities in school will show your child that you care for them and support their endeavors. Show up for events and know their teachers as this will help in understanding what is going on in your child's life and what interests them. It will help you figure out how to address your child's ambitions and fears, which will help in strengthening their personalities and characters.

Support your child

Providing support to your child is one of the best ways for them to encourage them to try out different things and to develop confidence. Baby Centre encourages parents to practice patience as the child learns new skills as it helps them with confidence and independence.
Support can also be shown in applauding effort when the child engages in learning activities; as well as in making time to listen as it allows the child to understand that the parents respect their thoughts and feelings. These will go a long way to boost the child's confidence and encourage them to communicate with parents as they grow.

The above ways are instrumental in helping your child develop strong skills. Remember, allow the child to learn in a safe and fun environment.

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