Children are naturally curious- when so much of the world is new to them it’s no wonder they want do explore and find out more. However, times have changes and these days, with so much access to technology and the internet at their fingertips children can be less inclined to go out and discover like they once did. Curiosity is important as it keeps us learning and open minded, here’s how you can cultivate and encourage this trait in your children. Pexels
Allow them to explore religion and spirituality
If you follow a religion, you’ll know just how much it can add to your life. It can give you hope, it can give you focus and all-round make you a better person. So teaching children about religion and helping them to understand the concept of there being ‘more out there’ than themselves can really expand their mind. Religion is so strongly connected with the way that we think and feel- if you want to delve into this more why not take an online Christian psychology degree or a spiritual psychology course? Regardless of what you believe, teaching children about religion and/ or spirituality can massively broaden their horizons by teaching empathy, and encouraging them to care more about others and the Earth, amongst other things.
Ensure they socialise with lots of other people
Human connection is so important. It’s the people in our lives, the ones we love and care about that make it special. Of course, success financially and with career is important but being able to make and maintain connections with others is absolutely vital. Our ability to make friends starts in childhood, and so it’s important to encourage children to socialise as much as possible. They can learn the etiquette involved in meeting people, they discover what it is to be a friend and much more in these early years. It’s a time to make mistakes and learn from them. Don’t wait until they start school, do what you can so they can socialise before this as it will really give them a head start. Take them to parent-child groups, arrange playdates, go to lots of activities where there will be children and adults they can meet. Improving their communication skills, and teaching them the importance of things like how to share, how to handle their emotions and even things like using indoor voices inside will all set them up for success.
Teach them skills they won’t learn at school
Our schooling system is excellent. Children leave being able to read, write and work computers. They know about art and science, they’ve explored books, they’ve created and they know all kinds of things about the world. However, there are some things that the school system is less good at or will only teach minimally, and as parents we need to step in and teach these skills. Children will get some basic cooking lessons at school, but as parents we can teach them how to master different dishes, the ingredients that work well together, techniques, seasoning and more. School teaches mathematics but we can teach them budgeting skills, how to do taxes, how and why to avoid debt. School will teach physical education, but we can show them how enjoyable exercise can be with hikes, bike rides, orienteering and more. It’s skills and experience both inside and outside of the classroom that will set children up for success.