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- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Transforming a Passive Child into Active Child - Characteristics of a Passive Child

By Andrew Loh

Children come in forms and personalities. Some of them are very active and agile, while others are passive and dull. Some children are full of uncontrolled energy levels, while many others are withdrawn and self contained. An active child can be a bundle of energy throughout the day, while a passive child shows restricted life style that could eventually hinder classroom performance. Not all children in this world can be active and agile. You will find innumerable children who are very passive and inactive.

Every parent in this world wants to raise an active child, who can perform very well not only in the classroom, but also in professional and personal life. They feel that active children can bring them joy and happiness. On the other hand, passive children could be a source of concern for many parents. Passivity among children is a big source of worry, just because passivity can easily rob the charm of a good family life. Parents may not like to see their children becoming passive.

The laws of nature are very simple; not every child in this world can be active and there is an equal distribution of active and passive children. However, it is possible to raise an active child by transforming a passive child by applying intuitive techniques and methods of child rising. Before parents can transform passive children into an active one, they should know how to identify passive children by observing their mannerism and habits. Here are some of the characters that will help you identify whether your child is passive or not.

More often, almost all passive children live in their own world. You feel as if they are living with their own dreams and aspirations that are so difficult to find out. Most passive children look aimless and dull throughout the day. The most visible aspect with a passive child is his or her sense of reclusion and isolation that borders on an extreme nature. Apart from these characters, the other significant ones are:

  • Lethargy: A passive child is very lazy and lethargic. He or she cannot do anything throughout the day. Passive children are well-known for their sedentary nature.

  • Flat and lifeless: Most passive children look dull, insipid, lifeless and flat. Their face is devoid of any lively expression. In most cases, their eyes do not sparkle nor do they shine bright.

  • Absence of laughing or smiling: Passive children never laugh or smile either in their classroom or in their home. They keep frowning at things or events that occur around them.

  • Less attention span: Passive children have a short attention span. They look forlorn and adrift with their own ideas and thinking. They look as if they are searching for something in their subconscious mind.

  • Lack of interest in art and painting: Most passive children do not like or hate art, drawing and painting. In fact, these activities are extremely boring to them.

  • Lack of interest in mingling with others: Most passive children never mix with other children very easily. They hate playing with others and team work does not come naturally to them.

  • Likes puzzles and games: Passive children keep solving puzzles and tricky games all by themselves. They also like to repeat the same puzzles repeatedly, while tending to hide behind the activity.

  • Lack of affection: When someone cuddle or hug them, they tend to be withdrawing and dull; in fact, they never reciprocate with loving gestures shown by their parents or other elders.

  • Restricted eating habits: Most passive children do not eat well. Even when they eat, they are very choosy in what they eat.

  • Biting nails: Passive children have a habit of biting their nails and finger tips. They find solace in doing such activities.

  • Wandering: When passive children are not doing anything, they just like to wander from one room to the other without any aim.

  • Like to sleep: When passive children sleep, it is very difficult to wake them up. They like to sleep soon after taking their food.

  • Look invisible: Most passive children go unnoticed in their classrooms. Teachers may never notice such children because passive children like to remain incognito.

Most passive children look scared or afraid of doing something in front of their teachers and other children. Passivity seems to be a psychological deficiency among passive children. Experts believe that it could be an emotional problem that could be solved by applying consistent effort by the parents. Most of them are very poor in cognitive and visual thinking skills. With encouragement and motivation from their parents, even they can become active children, who are capable of scoring good grades and marks. Continue to read Transforming a Passive Child into Active - Methods to Raise an Active Child


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