As you may have experienced yourself, learning is a lifelong process. And the onus to help your child become a lifelong leaner lies on you more than anyone else. How can you, therefore, accomplish this, mind you, mammoth task of raising lifelong learners?
1) Positive Attitude: First and foremost, develop and cultivate a positive attitude for learning. Children are prone to measure things into two categories – winning or losing. The challenge for a parent here is to erase the hard line between winning and losing and draw a finer one that expresses the importance of learning in brighter terms.
2) Learning from setback: Every body likes to succeed. Everybody likes to win. However, not everyone does. As a parent, you need to make your children understand that not winning is not the end of the world. Setbacks do occur and what you learn from them is what makes you the real winner.
3) Learning from winning: Winners take it all, but sometimes they forget to take any lessons they may have learnt from the experience. Imbibe in your child that when they win, they need to understand that more than the win, what they have learnt from it – is more important.
4) Encouragement: Always encourage your child if he/she seems to express interest in an activity. And encourage them to do it on their own as much as they can without you putting in your inputs. Give them directions at the most if you have to and let them figure it out for themselves. Again, if your child seems interested but reluctant to try an activity, a little encouragement from you might help him cover that extra mile.
5) Reading: Definitely an undermined activity with all the buzz of televisions and video games taking over your child’s life, reading is perhaps the most important habit that you can help to imbibe in your child.
Children learn more from what they see and experience than what is said or intructed to them. Therefore, if you want to raise lifelong learners, you need to practice everything that you like to preach to your little ones.