What does confidence mean to you? Does it mean walking into a room of new people, feeling comfortable and optimistic? Does it mean believing you are good at something or that you look great in your clothes? Words like confidence take on a subjective quality, with a different meaning for every person. What do you think confidence means to a child? Self-confidence is the foundation of a child’s well-being and the ticket to happiness and success as an adult. From a young age, how we feel about ourselves affects how we act. Think about a time when you were feeling really great about yourself. You probably found it much easier to get along with others and experience new situations and
Every parent wants their child to have an amazing memory. Classroom learning, exams and getting through life in general is so much easier when the information goes in and stays. Children have so much to remember and take in from the environment around them. How do we help them learn to remember in a fun and exciting way? It is so much easier for kids to remember things when there is an association. I sat and did an experiment with my daughter and a friend yesterday. I printed off some pictures that contained about 30 different items on each. After studying the pictures the children were asked to list what they remembered. On average they remembered 5 or so items.
Eight times world memory champion, Dominic O’Brien, believes that most of us have the potential to become ‘memory champions’. He says that memory depends on three simple processes; making something memorable, storing that item in the mind and recalling it accurately at some future time. By developing the key skills of association, location and imagination we can experience dramatic improvements in our ability to memorise. What a relief! Great memory skills can be learnt and they can be fun, imaginative and with practice, mastered. Great memory strategies are incredibly valuable especially for our children. At Christmas time, my 4 year old daughter was immensely frustrated when she couldn’t remember what she had unwrapped on Christmas morning. The more she attempted
Children are so receptive to suggestion and some positive mantras will help you create a wonderful family environment. Here are 5 great affirmations to teach your children. Little ones as young as 3 years old will enjoy these positive pledges. There is no failure just a chance to learn You CAN do anything you think you can Always be honest and open It’s great to take some quiet time to just relax We all have different feelings and ways of thinking and that’s ok Write them out and put them somewhere visible, decorate them with pictures and photos to bring them to life! Encourage your children to come up with their own to add to the list. [activecampaign form=1]