It’s amazing to think that every experience we have ever had, has shaped us into who we are today. This means that if you like or don’t like yourself in any capacity, the best/ worst days of your life have directly contributed to that. When you put things in this perspective, it can often be quite astonishing to realize how the sands of time move us all.
Helping your child learn to the best of their ability means, in some cases, getting out of their way. It also means being more forthright with their development, while not being one of those pushy parents who needs to micromanage and make sure they achieve the best of the best in all things. This can stunt natural enthusiasm.
With that in mind, as a caring parent it is not uncommon for you to want the best for your child. So, I have organized a list of advice for you to both apply careful encouragement but also allow your child to learn how to do so:
Let Them Become Fascinated
It is very important to allow your child to naturally be fascinated with something. Many of us can remember what that feels like. As a child, nothing is more inspiring than finding a new subject you adore. Just think of the first time you learned about the solar system. When your parents brought you to a planetarium. You looked through the artificial replication of the solar system and it opened your mind to no small degree. This can happen with many subjects. From Ancient Rome to literature to math. It allows that natural learning ability to blossom through pure interest in the healthiest way. Let them become fascinated, no matter where that direction takes them.
Share Your Passions
Sharing your passions is a worthwhile cause, because children learn through osmosis. Are you into baking? It could be that something as deceptively simple as this can help spawn an interest in them? Even if that’s solely helping you put together the right ingredients and developing a more common and frank sense of togetherness as a result? Who said you couldn’t bond through learning?
Develop Their Interests
If they are mystified by music and true enjoy guitar-players, perhaps invest in a guitar and some lessons. If they love learning and are finding the schooling system to be quite boring as they are working at a higher level, consider following a gifted test to potentially open them to new academic routes. Developing their interest is on your shoulders to some extent, because you have the ability to help them refine their abilities and invest in something they find worthwhile. It might be martial arts classes. Simply heading to the local history museum, or enrolling in an after-school course. So long as you are not pushy, this could be one of the best means of helping your child learn.
As always, whatever you do have fun and listen to your parental instinct. Our kids behavior tells us a lot more than we think.