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- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Transforming a Passive Child into Active Child - Methods to Raise an Active Child

By Andrew Loh

In many cases, passivity among children could be a psychological problem; it could even be linked to anxiety disorder. Passive children are always withdrawn and look dull, because of some hidden psychological deficiencies. Passivity among children could also be linked to an inability to solve common problem or cope well with their own pain. Passivity may not be a bad thing at all, especially when children know how to use the trait to their advantage. Passive children may feel that they are entitled to get someone to do all the things for them. This could be a negative thing for both them and their parents.

Passive children are also very demanding when it comes to their needs and requirements. They want everything done for them as soon as possible. One of the most significant aspects of a passive child is his or her perceived inability to come up in life like other active children. Most passive children tend to be negative in their life. Negative and useless thoughts can engulf them to impede physical and mental growth. A perceived lack of positive nature means that they cannot do or perform anything significant in their personal and professional life. However, with consistent and dedicated efforts, parents can assist a passive child to become active with a mind that is extremely energetic and conscious.

  1. Make sure that you take an active part in your child's life. Ensure that your children are doing their own work. Let them finish their homework all by themselves; make sure that you help them in their home work only when it is necessary. If you have been a parent who is used to everything for your children, they will not do anything tangible in life. Instead, they can become too demanding and fighting to seek their right to get everything from you. In many cases, parents can be the biggest culprits while raising and parenting their children. Active parents can raise active children, while passive parents can spoil their children's life by making them passive from the beginning.

  2. Parents should be good role models for their children. They should know how to balance things around them. Passivity could be a boon to your children at times. Too much activity among children could be negative as well. However, focused and controlled activity among children is a wonderful thing because it can bring a fine balance between different needs and requirements. Parents should try to teach their children the basics of living independently and on their own. Active parents could be a source of inspiration for children. When parents are active and agile, their children tend to emulate them by imitating their actions and deeds.

  3. Never ever avoid setting a strict limit for your children. Mind you, most passive children like their parents to do everything for them. When you do everything for your children, you are spoiling them on your own. You will responsible for their negative mental growth. Make sure that you discuss all problems with them and never hesitate to set things straight when something goes wrong with your children. Conflicts may crop up now occasionally, when you try to transform a passive child. You are your children's parent and you want them to succeed in their life, both personal and professional. Make sure that you set limits in those areas that demand children's active participation. Responsibilities thrust on your children's shoulders mean raising independent and active children. Personal growth will be possible only when your children learn to lead a life of action and energy.

Passive children can become active when you teach them the basics of responsibility and necessary household duties. Lethargy and laziness may start in your own home and not in your children's school. Laziness is a by-product of reduced responsibilities and lack of commitment. Active parents lead and guide their children towards doing things on their own. For example, children who know how to arrange their school bag can easily organize the classroom chore and activities without any hassles.

It is possible to transform a passive child into an active one by helping him or her to take initiatives to solve intricate problems. When your children are conscious of their duties and responsibilities, you would have traveled half the path in your quest to make your children active. One of the most negative characters of a passive child is his or her inability to mingle or socialize with other people. Make sure that you expose your children to different people, different social situations and contexts on a regular basis.

When your children know how to mingle with others, they can easily learn how to respond them with their own actions and demeanor. In nutshell, an active child is the one who can adjust to any type of situation or scenario with a mind that is propelled by a self initiated action plan.


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