It’s only natural as parents to have hopes for our children — that they might be successful in their chosen field, achieve economic security, improve on their achievements, or take over the family business. However, history reveals that the most successful people are often those who are encouraged by their parents to follow their passions and supported to build on their strengths. Discover four reasons why it’s as important to learn about your child as it is for your child to learn.
- It Builds a Foundation to Support Their Passions
- From the time they’re first learning to talk, even identical twins are learning what they care about and developing unique ways of expressing themselves. It may start with their earliest toys and games, but you’ll get to watch as they build on it with everything new they discover and learn.
Learning about your child at this early age — from their favorite color to their greatest dreams — helps them to feel secure and validated and leads to a more decisive adult. By understanding your child and seeing their early interests as budding passions, you’re creating the foundation to support who they are and who they want to be.
- Helps You Find Ways to Motivate Your Child
- When you learn about your child, it becomes easier to motivate them. They’re more likely to read new books that feature aspects of things they enjoy, for example. Their favorite activities can also be leveraged to encourage good behavior. This is best used as an incentive for ongoing good behavior.
- Builds Self-Esteem Through a Focus on Strengths
- For adults as well as children, our self-esteem is highest when we feel a sense of mastery and the confidence that we are “good at something.” As poet Joyce C Lock says, “Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves.” This sentiment is gaining traction in the business world, in which a 2015 meta-analysis found that focusing on strengths rather than weaknesses led to significant improvements in customer engagement, profit, and work safety. Strength-focused employees also felt happier, more energetic, more respected, and learned more.
- Applying this to our children, learning about your child, and focusing on their strengths could have a major impact on their emotional and physical well-being and improve your parent-child relationship.
- Leads to a Lifetime of Higher Satisfaction and Enjoyment
Understanding your child’s strengths, learning styles, likes, and dislikes empowers you as a parent to recognize your child’s potential and guide their path in the ways that suit them as an individual. Sometimes, this means changing your perception of “success” and aiming for excellence in your child’s area of interest instead.
Many of the most famous and successful people were not skilled at traditional academics — being natural artists, musicians, comedians, and entrepreneurs rather than fitting the traditional mold of school education. When they focused on their strengths, they found more satisfaction in their lives and built that into the business that made them famous.
Learn About Your Child with Hello Genius
Created by thought leaders from around the world, Hello Genius is a totally unique learning platform that lets you learn about your child and help to guide their future. Powered by cutting-edge artificial intelligence, Hello Genius provides a safe and responsive learning ecosystem for understanding your child through non-linear exploration and diverse media types. Transform your parent-child relationship and help your child become the best them that they can be by subscribing to Hello Genius today.