Parenting is no cakewalk and we're learning every day along with our children.
Here’s an easy way I’ve used with my own son when he started school.
We made a rule. An easy rule.
Every day, after he returned from school and was done with his wash and snacks, his job was to teach us something he learned that day.
I know what you’re thinking – that it is tough. It is the thought that appears difficult – not the actual implementation.
You see, children love to share what they know. By talking about their day at school, not only do we, as parents know what is going on, but also get an idea of what they’ve learned. In the process, we spend time with them and encourage them to be more communicative.
And for those who shudder at the thought of home-work every day – this practice enables them become self-sufficient and practice self-study. No more spending hours arguing and cajoling them to finish their school work while mentally worrying about what to cook for dinner especially after you've had a tough day!
Why ask children to teach?
Asking children to teach us what they have learned as school reinforces their own learning and makes “revision” a fun activity. In short they learn through teaching. And we learn through their teaching.
Make it interesting by investing in a black board at home with a supply of chalk and a duster and you create a classroom where they feel important to play the role of teacher.
The whole experience makes them feel good about themselves. Before you know it, you'll look forward to that time of day with them!
If your child has siblings, even better – you can probably introduce some healthy competition and team work!
In fact, you can extend this “teaching game” to chores at home where you teach the older sibling something and encourage them to teach the younger one how to do it.
And remember, when your child has something to tell you and you find you already know, it is your job to listen in wonder – as if you’re hearing it for the first time. You don’t want your little one to lose her sense of wonder as she sees the world through fresh eyes, right?
As your children grow up, you’ll notice their self-confidence growing along with their presentation skills.
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