“I still remember the day when Rishabh had asked me to let him join hip hop dance classes at the age of 8! I mean it didn’t make any sense to me that a boy of his age wanted to learn street dance moves. Not belonging to a dancing background, neither I nor my husband was willing to let him learn hip hop.
He had so much zeal to learn it that on being denied for the classes, he started learning the dance moves all by himself from television and YouTube. Seeing his dedication and interest, we just couldn’t abstain him anymore from learning hip hop! We then made him join a nearby hip-hop dance class. And, now you see he has not only won several Dance Competitions in his school but also has been recently selected in an audition for a dancing reality show! Being his parents, we feel proud that we supported his decision of learning hip-hop,” testifies Rishabh’s mother from Mumbai.
Decision making is one of the essential life skills that children need to develop to become a mature and efficient adult. Encouraging them from a young age to make their own decisions can benefit them in a number of ways, helping them through various stages of growth.
Today, it’s very important that children learn to make decisions in their primary school years as this is the age in which they can easily get over failed attempts. When kids are appreciated for making a good decision, she/he will feel satisfied and motivated. On the contrary, a bad decision might make her/him feel negative at that time but will give her/him a lesson and an experience to make better decisions in the future. So in both ways, it’s helpful for kids and will aid their lifelong learning and growth.
However, encouraging primary school children to make their own decision isn’t as simple as it sounds. Teachers and Parents cannot leave everything on them as they are immature. So to aid the decision-making skills in them, utilize our concept of Saral Education and begin with small steps. Let them decide on their daily routine, study hours and choice of healthy food. These are those little things that help in managing behaviour of children and thus instilling a self-driven attitude in them.
It is these primary school years of children that are building blocks for their mental and physical growth. So at this age, don’t only look for their participation but also listen to them, take them seriously, and try to turn their ideas and suggestions into reality. It gives children the opportunity to have a say about issues and decisions that affect them. Apart from this, it helps them in developing focus as well as memory.
With proper guidance to align them with Universal energy around us, decision making comes gradually to children and can be strongly influenced by the people around them. They can utilize this skill to take care of their mental health, well-being, relationships and academic work.
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