Here’s how to raise a competent, confident and attentive child!

June 27, 2017

“When you have solved the problem of controlling and improving attention of the child, you have solved the entire problem of its education”
-Maria Montessori

One cannot merely create good listeners or observers by merely saying ‘Listen’ or ‘Pay attention!’ For an educator, be it a teacher or a parent, it is important to train the senses of children. According to the developmental learning framework, there are four main types of growth that takes place as a child grows – physical, emotional, social and cognitive. The initial years in the life of a child are crucial in shaping his future. Children are born explorers and are eager to learn skills quickly during their early years 3-5 years of age. What they imbibe during this stage serves as a foundation for the development of the brain.

The social, emotional and cognitive abilities of a child are primarily dependent on three things

  1. Love and attention from caregivers
  2. Nourishment through food
  3. Engaging in creative activities

Let’s look at all three factors carefully.

Love and attention from caregivers

Even adults exhibit a trait oIndian family outdoor activityf thriving on attention from friends and family, so it is obvious that children will do so too. The confidence that comes with knowing that you are being cared for and loved is important for little ones. The sense of security and belonging to a family builds emotional skills in toddlers. Children living in close-knit families reflect higher sense of self-esteem and poise in adulthood as compared to those coming from broken families. The theory of Attachment Parenting is based on the fact that bonding with children and being intuitive of their needs makes a positive impact on them for a lifetime. Responsive nurturing is a great way to tell your babies that you will always be there for them.


Nourishment through foodnourishment through food

According to a report by National Center for Biotechnology Information, food has a direct impact on mechanisms that maintain the brain function. Nutrients that enter our system not only ensure physical well-being but are also responsible for mental fitness. Abundance of proteins, vitamins and iron in the diet are paramount for the development of healthy brain and body. An undernourished body and mind may lead to decreased activity levels which hamper learning and attention span. Including seasonal fruits, leafy vegetables, eggs, nuts and seeds while limiting the intake of oily, canned or processed food in the diet of a child is a must.

Engaging in creative activities

Experts suggestchildren engaing in creative activities engaging in activities such as craft, drawing and coloring, story-telling, drama, listening to music help build cognitive skills in toddlers. For slightly older children, there are crosswords, memory games, puzzles and riddles which help enhance their analytical and reasoning ability. Personality development camps also cover areas such as concentration improvement via ambidextrous activity, hand-eye coordination games. Brain hacking workshops challenges young minds and enables them to master their memory. Social traits like team building, sharing, making friends are also cultivated at camps and workshops.

Special attention

Lastly, there are may be cases where in spite of parents taking required measures on all front, the kids might still have some attention disorder. It may end up being difficult to understand the emotional problems or social behaviour of a child. In such cases, taking the help of the counselors early on helps in controlling the damage. Scientifically proven methods used by trained counselors encourage children to express their problems, boost their confidence and improve social behaviour.

While some parents believe that failure is good for children, this is only partly true. Too much failure can hamper the child’s ability and will to succeed in the future. What is really good for them is your emotional support and constant encouragement in times of crisis and otherwise.

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