The evolution of a child between 4 and ten years is crucial. His personality is built in part; he develops new beliefs about him and the world around him. At this time, parents or teachers have a real opportunity to plant positive seeds in the child that will help him succeed and thrive later. If I could integrate the government and transform the school, here are some practices that I will put in place.
The vast majority of people (90% according to a recent report) do not know how to breathe properly. They breathe in their chest and too quickly. Often this leads to anxiety, high blood pressure, poorer health and a lack of oxygen in the brain. It may sound ridiculous since we all know how to breathe at birth but a few minutes a week to make it a good habit cannot hurt.
The time to dream
Some of the most significant advances in history are born of dreams. Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Walt Disney and hundreds of great people who have walked this land have been dreamers. Kids should be given time every week to do what they want and develop their creativity.
How in these recent times can the school still use red pens and the words “can do better.” I will forbid it immediately. There is nothing more discouraging for a child. Science shows us today that personal failures are an excellent source of learning. The most successful people in the world, whatever the field, have often experienced more failures than the average. In the world, we spend our time stigmatizing and ridiculing failure, rather than embracing it. Children should be taught to see the positive side of their faults and be encouraged for their efforts and not the results. A child will not be complimented for his talent, but for his work and his will.
Meditation has nothing to do with religions or mystical forces. It’s just a good habit to adapt to be happier and more aware of things. There are thousands of studies showing its benefits for health, relationships and will for example. Five minutes a day should be enough, the most important being the regularity. It is also a great way to improve the concentration of children in an ultra-connected world where everything is always faster. These five minutes will allow children to focus on the most important: themselves.
Ask the right questions
Einstein once said, “If you can not solve a problem, change the questions you ask yourself.” Asking the right questions is getting correct answers. Children should be encouraged to ask questions if they do not understand something. What makes a good question? It’s simple: you do not know the answer. Too often, children are afraid to ask questions for fear of being fools. For me, the stupid one is the one who does not ask questions.
Children should be taught the power of visualization. Scientifically speaking, there is no doubt that it works. Our brain makes no difference between the imagined, the present, the past, and the future. What we focus our attention on inevitably materializes in our lives, or at least it increases the chances of getting it. Children are already very good at using their imagination and projecting themselves if they knew how to use these methods the results would be great!
For a child to grow up with a vast degree of self-esteem, the child has to be nurtured by parents who themselves have great self-value. Positive parenting prevents characteristics that promote low self-worth, lack of confidence, and prejudice. Bringing up a child, in a way that will afford him to have a positive mindset to make good decisions is tough, but crucial. It comes with abundant rewards but most of all, it is dignifying to both child and parent as the child assumes adulthood.