Program For Growth This School Year
Most children are now back in school, and as a result are about to embark on a new journey in their academic development. With each new school year, comes new challenges and experiences. Undoubtedly, every child will experience some level of struggle, doubt, and difficult moments. While these moments are likely inevitable, they can quickly become positive moments for children with the right tools and skills. Helping them wire their minds and brains to seek out growth, no matter what challenges they might face, will allow them to persevere and ultimately achieve their goals.
EVERYTHING IS HARD THE FIRST TIME
One of the most important lessons children can learn at a very young age, is that whenever they try something new they are likely to experience some level of difficulty. In fact they are more likely to find it very difficult than not difficult at all. Understanding that the difficulty is simply a part of the process in learning how to do something new, children will be a lot less likely to be dissuaded from continuing forward. In fact, they will expect to experience the difficulty before they try something new. As a result, they will mentally be prepared to continue to persevere and be resilient. Furthermore, children will discover the benefits of working hard, practicing, and being patient, as they will ultimately achieve their goals. By mentally preparing to expect challenges, and believing that they are capable of overcoming these challenges, children will experience a lot less stress and anxiety. In turn the experience will be much more enjoyable and rewarding.
WITH EFFORT AND TIME I CAN DO IT
While there will be times in our lives where we will be able to learn how to do something new rather quickly and easily, most of the time it will take us some time and effort. Understanding that we can achieve our goals, so long as we remain persistent and prudent in our effort allows us to cultivate the mental strength from within to continue forward.
There will be times where despite our best efforts, we may not find the immediate success we are hoping to achieve. These moments will test our resiliency and belief in ourselves. With enough practice and mental preparation, children can understand that the journey to achieving their goals will require them to put forth a consistent effort over a long duration of time. Simply put, children will learn that they can do or be anything they desire, so long as they continue to persist and feel good about the process.
IT’S NOT FAILURE WHEN I CAN LEARN
One of the greatest challenges we all face, including children, is learning to deal with failure. We have discussed in the past that failure is an opportunity to learn, but it is important to reiterate why it is necessary for children to develop the skill at such a young age. Throughout the school year, both educators and parents can see the vast growth and development of a child. While this growth and development takes place over a period of time, it is evident to all of those who know the child well. In reality most of this growth likely resulted in the child experiencing some level of failure when they were learning to do something new.
Approaching failure as an opportunity to learn, disempowers the negative aspect of failure, and in turn empowers the child to view it as a positive. So often, we are focused on the end result, and not the process. By approaching failure as an opportunity to learn, children can shift their focus onto the process. They will ask themselves questions like what can I do differently? What can I learn from others who have done it? What did I learn that does not work? How can I use this information to try again? While this may seem extremely simplistic, the power of the shift in attitude cannot be understated. By accepting that failure is simply a part of the process in ultimately achieving the goal, children are not as susceptible to the emotional down swing that can occur as a result.
Remember, everybody including our children will experience some level of stress or anxiety as they embark on a new journey. While schools have started and children are likely happy to be around their peers once again, they will no doubt face moments where their confidence will be tested. By helping them adopt a mindset that embraces these challenges early on, you will help your child enjoy the journey and make it a memorable one!
Rachna Patel is the founder of OH-KS Corporation, a company that creates one-of-a-kind programs and materials, to help children ultimately become happy, healthy, confident, have a strong growth mindset, and so much more. To learn more about the latest products from OH-KS, you can visit their website at www.OH-KS.com