6. Don’t Do Negative Programming
“You are so lazy, you don’t do your homework.”
“You are dull, you don’t remember anything.”
“Study, or I will shut you up in your room.”
If you think this kind of remark will make your children reach eagerly for their books, then forget it. More probably, they will be hurt and angry. Even if they do reach for their books, they will not be reading it happily. What’s more damaging is that, if children are frequently scolded, threatened, or worse, beaten to do their studies, then they begin to associate studies with hurt,fear, anger, and pain. That’s why many children find excuses to avoid studying when they grow up.
7. Help Your Children to Use Better Study
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8. Encourage Your Children To Be Curious
Answer your children’s questions. If you don’t know the answer, tell them, “Let’s search for it together.” And search for it in books at home. Or bring books from library. Or look it up on internet. Such actions will make your children realize the value of knowledge, expose them
to methods of searching for information. And also make them happy that you care enough to answer their questions.
9. Connect Learning With Day-to-Day Life
I had once gone to picnic with a group. In our group there was one couple with two young boys. As we were traveling on the road, the father pointed out, “Look, that is the area where mining is done. You have a chapter on it in your science textbook, isn’t it?”His two boys looked out of the window excitedly and began rattling off, “Yes, we have studied it. The name of this mining area is…” By pointing out the mines, the father had brought the topic out from the textbook into real life, thus making it more interesting for his children. Indirectly he made his children realize that what they study in books have value in real life. Whenever possible, link what your children study with everyday life. Show it to them. Find ways to use the information in daily life. If they learn about plants, ask them to study the plants in the garden. If they learn about animals, take them to zoo. Pay visit to museums and science exhibitions. Now this may not be always possible. But do this whenever you can. Try to make learning interesting.
10. Give Them The Edge
Thousands of students pass out of college every year. How can your children stand out from this mass of degree holders? How can they survive and succeed in this age of cut-throat competition?
Give them additional, practically useful training. Like, Training for…
a) using their mind power more efficiently
b) using better study techniques
c) learning skills essential for career development
d) sharpening creativity
e) managing stress
f) developing good personality, etc.
Such training helps to build positive mental attitude, winning qualities, success skills, and inner confidence. This in turn translates to—success, peace, satisfaction and good life.