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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


How to Help your Children Reach Their Full Potential?

By Andrew Loh

Parents are perhaps over ambitious about their children's future. Every one of them wishes for the best for their children. In fact, they keep dreaming about their future. They want only the best for their children and sincerely hope that their children will reach their full potential, both in the class as well as in their personal life. Reaching full potential has many connotations and meanings. What exactly is the meaning of this expression? Does it mean that your children will become the best in their classroom studies and other scholastic activities? Does it also mean that your children will be the best in other activities like sports, music, dancing and other similar activities?

Whatever the case, reaching full potential is the word that can confuse you in the end. If you consider the broadest definition of this terminology, you can safely presume that your children will be the best in their life and the area of activities they engage themselves. In general, we can also presume that a child will reach his best only when he or she acquires myriad skills and knowhow of how to succeed in the life.

Many experts explain that scholastic abilities are just one part of a child's life. One cannot presume that getting top grade means reaching the full potential. It is just one-step in achieving the full potential. To reach excellence in life, your child should pay his or her attention to the following:

  • Acquiring social skills

  • Acquiring thinking skills

  • Mastering the art of spatial and visual skills

  • Developing strong emotional intelligence

  • Developing family bondage between different members of the family

  • Acquire critical creative thinking skills

The wonderful news with children is that the ability of children to become the best is better than in adults. All children are just like un-cut diamonds and raw. When diamond workers cut the raw diamond and shape it, the diamond begins to shine brilliantly and with its vibrant colors.

Who will shape our children? Parents and teachers are the ones who can shape a child's career. It is almost impossible to reach the full potential. However, it is definitely possible to become the best in life. That is what your children should plan for, and parents are the mentors, who can help their children become the best in life.

The other wonderful news is that your children already possess the required ability to develop their full potential. Only thing that you need to do is to guide them to use it to become the best. Schools cannot prepare your children for the best, because they may not have the time or money to teach your children about their hidden potentials, the unlimited power of their minds and the methods that can eventually help them to reach the top.

Importantly, if you want your children to reach their full potential, you will need to ensure the following things:

  • Full emotional health

  • Full mental health

  • Full physical health

A person's potential to lead a great life depends on the equilibrium maintained among the above-mentioned issues. All of them are dependent on the other, while a slight hint of imbalance may result in a lop-sided development. As a parent, your responsibility is complicated and you should try to nurture your children's strengths and later build their skills.

A child's ability to become the best depends on his or her ability to adjust to the social, personal, emotional and mental situations and obligations. The age of children may not permit to know what is good or what is bad for them. It also means that they need someone to guide and mentor them to reach their full potential. Parents may like to follow a series of steps to help their children become the best. At home, you can be your children's favorite teachers. Here are some simple tips:

  • Let your child do anything that interests her or him. Encourage your children to engage many activities one after the other.

  • Do everything possible to help them with their interests. This simple gesture will help them explore many things at a time.

  • Trust your children with what they are doing. Let them commit errors. However, never cast doubts on their abilities.

  • Let them continue with what they are doing and let them retain the momentum. Do not distract them unless you notice something that is not good.

  • Have low expectations. After all, they are your children. They will make many mistakes. Just make sure that you are correcting their mistakes.

  • Be there when they need you. Show an emotional touch to retain their trust and belief in you.

  • Help them when they ask for help. Do not fail to help them.

  • Help them prioritize their life. Teach them what is important and what is not. Guide them in identifying what is important for them in life.

The next article will provide many tips and suggestions on how you can make your children climb up the ladder to reach their full potential. Continue to read Help your Children Reach Their Full Potential - Tips and Suggestions


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