How to Develop Your Child’s Full Potential
Texts: Genesis 1:28
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
As parents, we all want the best for our children, and we all want them to be the best that they can be. Our children are full of endless possibilities, and it is up to us as their parents to harness these and help them reach their full potential. This means investing in them now by exposing them to activities that will help them explore their interests, discover their talents, get closer to Christ and hone their skills, preparing them for a wonderful future ahead.
To be able to develop their potentials, we must do the following;
Focus On Health
Healthy children are more productive at school, in sports and other things they are passionate about. From good nutrition and exercise to ensuring your children have quality preventive health care, keeping your children healthy helps them be more successful at school and in life. Eating healthy, exercising regularly, and ensuring your children are going to their pediatrician for check-ups and vaccinations are just a few examples of ways you can ensure they stay healthy. The right preventive care at every stage helps your children stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease and keeps conditions they already have from becoming worse or debilitating.
Expose Children To Different Experiences
Encouraging your child to explore and try new things helps them find new talents, which in turn develops new skills that will be valuable for the rest of their lives. Present to them a variety of extra-curricular activities, sports and classes, encourage new hobbies and be supportive and helpful as they find things they are passionate about. From science, math or music camps to joining the robotics team at school or participating in a play, experiencing different things allows children not only to grow intellectually but also emotionally, since they can interact with other children who share their passions.
Open Up Their World Through Travel
My daughter has autism and some motor challenges and school can sometimes be very difficult for her. A couple of years ago her grades went up dramatically and when we met with her teachers to discuss her progress they all agreed that traveling earlier that year was having a very positive impact on her learning because she was able to put into context things she was learning in books at school. Research has shown that children who travel not only improved academic performance but also enjoy school more and have a greater connection to the world.
Travelling not only teaches children about history, architecture and geography first hand but, most importantly, introduces them to new things, cultures and people broadening their horizons and sparking their curiosity and sense of exploration. Travelling to other countries and states also teaches children first-hand about differences and how celebrating those differences enriches our lives and our worlds. Travelling with your children also gives you the opportunity to spend quality time together, boosting their self-esteem and creating happy memories that will last them a lifetime and inspire them.
Teach Them The Importance Of Hard Work
Help your child understand the value of hard work. Instead of focusing on grades, encourage children to do their best work and praise them for working hard, which will help your child develop a “growth mindset”. Instead of just focusing on a child getting top marks, compliment the hours of studying and time spent working on assignments.
Teaching children to be independent and self-sufficient will help them succeed in everything they do. Give your children opportunities to make their own decisions and show confidence in their capabilities while providing guidance and support. It’s important that children learn to be responsible and are also held accountable for their own failures and mistakes. This will not only help them learn from those failures and grow, but it will also teach them to take responsibility for their actions.
As my children get older I encourage them to solve problems by themselves from talking to their teacher about missed homework and figuring out how to build things on their own to finding answers by researching on the internet. To help them find solutions, teach them to first identify what the problem is, then come up with solutions and analyze the solutions before trying them out to see what works best. Learning how to face problems and deal with consequences is an invaluable life skill.
Find A Balance Between Work And Play
No matter what their age, play is important for children. Be sure to find a balance between afterschool activities, chores, homework and free time. Overscheduling your children’s time can overwhelm them. Helping your child prioritize what’s more important to them ensures they don’t get stressed and teaches them about decision making. Leaving room for free time will provide them not only with the opportunity to relax and think, which is important, but also help them work on their organization and time management skills which are crucial for succeeding in anything in life.
Playing independently or with other children lets children explore and feed their passions, develop new skills and interests, and teaches them about decision making, problem-solving, self-control and independence.