Most people think that challenges are only meant for adults, but they play a very important role in the personality development of children as well. Having said that, it’s important to administer these challenges effectively so that kids don’t end up getting unduly stressed. Here are some ways in which you can do that.
1. Set goals according to the abilities and interests of your kid
Any challenge you set shouldn’t be so easy that children get bored or so difficult that they get demotivated and give up altogether. Choose tasks that challenge their minds and bodies without taxing them too much. Also, children should also be able to accomplish the task by themselves without too much of adult intervention.
2. Applaud and encourage your kids to work harder
Hearing praises from parents and teachers motivates children to perform better and complete the task even better. Words of encouragement also help to develop a sense of autonomy and competence, while making children confident and self-assured. So be sure that you give your kid a pat on the back for a job well done when he’s earned t.
3. Don’t punish your kids if they’re unable to complete their tasks
As far as possible, avoid punishing kids for their failures. Punishments make them doubt their abilities. It can hurt their confidence. A better thing to do is to make them ponder over the things that went wrong and how they can perform better next time. Once kids learn to evaluate their performance, they will seek out new challenges with confidence.
Parents should ensure that the goal they set for their kids are adjusted according to their developing abilities and interests. Listen carefully to your child’s dreams and aspirations and encourage them to work towards that set goal.