Certain character traits, including perspective, outlook and judgement skills, make up the personality of an individual. Psychological research and common consensus suggest that personality traits start from infancy; babies as young as six months old show unique characteristics and are often labelled by their parents as “calm”, “cranky” or “bubbly”.
As the child grows, his personality also matures and the time is crucial; as long as his caregiver, usually the parent, monitors and nurtures this budding personality, and make sure that the child develops into a competent and compassionate adult. Below, we present five ways to get your child develop the right personality required in today’s world.
1. Give Mock Judgement Tests
Judgement skills are not inherited or generated. They are formed via exposure to real life situations. Make your child read moral stories, without revealing the climax – and ask him how the story should have ended. You can then list down his answers and justifications; those answers that do not tread on the right vein, can then be explained to him. This is a good chance for children and parents to have a healthy conversation regarding moral and social issues.
2. Encourage a Friendship Journal
Yes, studies do comprise the majority of your child’s attention, but not intuitively – it is only thrust upon them. Friendships, on the other hand, nourish your child’s spirit and make him ready for relationships in the future. Encourage your child to maintain a journal where he can tabulate his interactions with his friends. Expressing emotions through writing is a therapeutic way that helps your child to healthily vent out his anger or frustrations!
3. Make Volunteering a Must
Some over-protective parents never let their children see the less desirable side of the world. However, a child brought up that way will not become an emotionally healthy and spiritually strong adult. If you want your child to be a good human, let him know the plight and state of lesser privileged people. In addition, you must also show him the way to making a difference in their lives can be as simple as spending a couple of hours in an orphanage.
4. Plan A Trip With Your Child
Kids need exposure to not just different foods, but also different places. Rather than gifting clothes or toys, gift a cultural or a nature trip to your child. A picture is worth a thousand words; similarly, a trip is worth a thousand hours of studying. Instilling a sense of travel and adventure in your child will equip him with the skills or tools he would use in the future, when he faces adversities and challenges. Remember – a ship is safe in the harbour, but that is not why it was built for! Here are some amazing places to visit with your child.
5. Money Management
Every adult is expected to earn and save money, so parents should introduce their child to money management essentials. Involve your kids in household budgeting discussions and let them know how their life is made easy because of your money management skills. Monitor how your kids spend money and lead way for regular financial discussions. Kids who learn about money at an early age, preferably from their parents, will possess a better understanding of debts, and will a better foundation in managing their financial lives.
Often, adults expect children to act right in any situation. Truth is, children need to be shown and explained what’s right and wrong. In almost all cases, kids look up to their parents and follow the way shown by them, directly or indirectly! So make your own rules so that they also learn to do so from you. All the best!!
I am Aradhana. I am a passionate writer and love to write on topics like yoga, wellness, health and lifestyle. I contribute to Natural News, Wiki How, Elephant Journal etc. I believe good health is the key to success and happiness. Through my writings, I want to motivate people to develop healthy habits and adopt natural ways of living to achieve sound health.