Empowering children

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Raising a child is more than providing them with a home, food, warmth and clothes. It is also teaching them the life skills necessary to empower them and for them to be able to grow up and have rewarding lives. Empowering literally means to put in power or to cause power. So what can you do to empower your children? Here are a few steps.

Have faith
Tell your children that you believe in them. For example if they tell you that they are not sure that they will be able to pass their maths exam although they have tried studying, tell them that you believe in them and you are sure they will try their best in that exam. By telling these to the children, you are empowering them to keep trying. Sounds simple doesn’t it? The only problem is that we don’t do it enough.

Get them interested.
Increase their self awareness and get them interested in the issues that they encounter everyday. Ask them about how their day was and remember to listen to what they have to say. If something happened, you could ask them how they feel about it and what are they going to do about it. This is a great way of helping your child verbalize and understand their feelings. They are also able to articulate their opinions better.

Let go.
You need to remember to let go. Fight the impulse to do everything for your child. By doing that, you are actually further handicapping your child. So give them the space. If you just do everything for them, they will never learn. For example, you asked them to tuck in their bed, but the bed wasn’t done neatly. Tell them that it was a good effort and show them how to do it neatly. You also need to give them their own space to solve their own problem. You can help them but don’t solve it for them. Instead why don’t both of you sit down together and try to solve the problem together.

In conclusion, remember all these steps, because you are empowering a child today to become the future adult of tomorrow. So what are you waiting for?

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