Parenting tasks include teaching kids to think big. If your child locks out new experiences due to fear, our parenting skills expert and author of The Genius in Every Child, Rick Ackerly, is here with advice. He'll share two true stories in which parents unlocked the fear and taught their child to think bigger. I'll share 5 thinking keys that help children open up to a bigger life.
Three Lessons Rick Ackerly Teaches Parents
1. Quality involvement with kids may include more of your time. The stories of Jay and Peter make this point.
2. Choice on your child's part is important but not always. In Jay's story, Marta is a great example.
3. Being with your child while "he makes stuff happen," can be the key. Both the stories of Jay and Peter reinforce this idea.
How Marta Taught Jay to Think Bigger
Rick, a terrific story teller, shares how Jay preferred reading to making friends. He was a bright boy but had no social skills. All the kids rode bikes but not Jay. He locked himself into reading and out of playing. His mother, Marta, didn't give him a choice.
One Saturday morning, Marta told Jay, "Today you are going to ride a bike." Jay argued and argued but Marta made him get on the bike saying, "You can do it, and I will do it with you." It was the message Jay needed to hear.
Marta spent the day helping Jay ride his bike until he could do it on his own. Because of Marta's insistence, her involvement, and her assurance that she would be with him in this new experience, Jay made friends. Both his bike riding skills and his social skills improved dramatically.
The Story of How Peter Thought Bigger
Rick relates how he taught his son, Peter, to ice skate. No, Rick didn't show off how well he skated or tell Peter how much fun it was. Instead, Rick fell down. He picked himself up and gave Peter a huge smile saying, "Come on. You try." Peter took 5 steps, fell, and laughed. I like how Rick purposely taught his son to avoid fear of falling and choose laughter instead. (From pages 128-131)
Both Marta and Rick chose quality involvement with the boys. They sent a strong message, "I'm with you in this new experience." Both boys prospered because of their parent's decisions. Although Rick promotes giving kids choices, he also knows there are times when parents must make the choice for them.
5 Thinking Keys to Teach Your Kids
1. Be open to new experiences.
2. Think big to become bigger.
3. You can lock out or open up to new experiences depending on your thoughts.
4. "I can't" makes you weak. "I can" makes you strong.
5. Practicing and repeating new experiences, expands your life.
Let's RECOGNIZE Rick Ackerly for his genius in helping parents help their children. As a nationally recognized educator and speaker with 45 years of experience working in schools, Rick knows his "stuff."
Pick up his book, The Genius In Every Child: Encouraging Character, Curiosity, and Creativity in Children and learn practical wisdom from this top-notch educator.
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