There’s a critical need of raising children with skills that can be readily developed and modified to keep at par with the global changes. Read on to know more about the skills, their importance, and how to nurture them in children.
- ORGANISATIONAL SKILL
Why? An unorganised lifestyle results in confusion, anxiety, and poor performance. When kids start organising their possessions, thoughts and ideas, they learn to see their objectives clearly, manage tasks & relationships well, and follow a disciplined lifestyle.
How to help kids organise?
- Calm Mornings: Disorganised mornings are the biggest triggers of stress for parents resulting in morning power struggles with children. To avoid this early-morning stress, we could help kids organise their school bags, toys and books the previous night. Starting the mornings with light yoga/meditation, followed by a healthy breakfast is a tried-and-tested way to stay happy throughout the day. Even a morning hug or a 5-minute playtime with their favourite toy can help kids settle down before they are ready to re-collect their thoughts and plan their entire day ahead.
- Organised people complete their work before the deadline.
- Organisational skills enable children to balance and set clear priorities for themselves in school years and in the long-run.
Why? What if our child is around hard-to-please people? What if he/she joins a school/organisation that changes its process frequently? They can either choose to whine or go with the flow. Adaptability guides a person’s ability to adjust to changing situations.
Many at times, we’re expected to perform different roles or deliver more than what we previously did. This is why kids need to be adaptable. Did you know adaptability is one of the major requirements for getting a job today? (Source: UK’s Flux Report survey)
How to help children adapt?
- Facing fears & failures: Resilience, perseverance, and adaptability are best forged through challenging situations. It’s important to let children face difficulties. Only then they’ll learn to gather themselves, and plan a new strategy to avoid future mistakes.
By setting clear expectations and guiding kids to learn amidst hardships, we could help them develop self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-motivation. Also, we need to help children look at mistakes as a part of the learning process. Modelling this idea could be one of the best ways to help children accept and learn from mistakes.
- Planning ahead for random changes: Help didn’t turn up this weekend? Rather than ordering a takeaway, can we figure out a ‘Plan B’? Asking kids for help in the kitchen sets a good example.
- Children learn to bounce back from setbacks quickly and develop a positive approach to negative situations and sentiments.
- Adaptable children never back down from challenges and are eager to learn under all circumstances.
3. CREATIVE THINKING
Why? On the face of it, creative thinking may seem like a soft-skill needed by designers, writers, artists, and marketers. In reality, it’s a hard skill that’s demanded everywhere. Creativity drives progress, improvement, and innovation.
How to raise creative thinkers?
- Self-researched assignments: Letting children choose their own topics, answers, and projects is a good way to spark creativity. It keeps their creative juices flowing.
- Take advantage of ‘Me Time’: Homework, tests, rules, sports, hobbies, friendships: little ones have a lot on their plate. Sometimes, we should just let them spend some time on their interests.
Some children are more creative during the ‘downtime’ when no one rushes them by the clock. Others are more productive at their ‘emotional high’. When kids indulge in free play; surround themselves with music and friends, and do what they want, they come back more recharged and rejuvenated than ever!
- Creative thinkers develop into problem-solvers because they know how to rephrase challenges as open-ended questions, having multiple possibilities, and answers.
- They find unique ways to communicate their ideas.
Squeezing in time for skill development may not be enough always. We should create opportunities to hone children’s natural abilities in school through everyday activities and learning to sharpen their skills and preparing them for future challenges, all at the same time.