Each and every child, along with parents, desires to find success in the grand scheme of life. Becoming a successful and reliable contributor to society and other family and friends begins at a very young age and it begins in the living room. The manner in which a child is raised and the habits that are formed as a result of their parents' guidance are key in the development of maturity for a child.
Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once stated:
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."
Whether you live in Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Destin, Shalimar, Orlando, or in a completely different culture the concept is the same. Here is a list of some pointers in how to develop healthy habits and strength of the will in a child:
1) Turn off ALL media. The number 1 distraction in all of today's world is by far the tv, radio, cell phone, computer, and game systems. If a child cannot turn these off and focus on the task at hand it will become increasingly difficult to develop good habits.
2) Designate a specific area for studying. Having a regular location that is occupied during study will not only help a child focus, but will give them familiarity and the tools they need in order to accomplish their task (ample-sized desk, rulers, scissors, etc.).
3) Establish a regular time of study. Not only does having a specific location for study help tremendously but establishing a consistent time for studying will increase effectiveness. One of the more common methods is to crack down on the books immediately before or after dinner.
4) Be flexible according to development level. Depending on where your child is at, you may need to either increase or decrease the amount of time designated for studying. Also, some children may need to be "pushed" a little more than others may not need as much attention, try to gauge this with the help of other close friends, family, and relatives.
5) Start a calendar to track progress. Doing homework is one thing, SEEING when the work needs to be done and what is coming up next will help your child(ren) immensely in developing good habits. Also, this way you can join in and come alongside your child as you help them accomplish their goals.
If you live in the Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville, Navarre, or Mary Esther, Laurel Hill, Crestview, or surrounding Okaloosa County area and are in need of child development care for your child(ren), give us a call today or stop in! Click the link below to find the nearest office by you:
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