Has it ever happened to you that you wanted to communicate a specific thing but couldn't? Fret not, it has happened to all of us. It has definitely happened to me. This could be attributed to reasons like you couldn't understand the other person's perspective, or you couldn’t articulate your thoughts or maybe you were not assertive enough. The reasons could be many, but the central issue is ONE, the natural ability to sense the environment and react appropriately and effectively to it. It could be difficult for all of us and even more so for our children.
Often, it is observed that as we grow up, our natural tendencies become challenging to learn and implement. Children's cognitive development happens in ways that are not easily understandable, while playing with dolls, searching through a toy box, or banging blocks together in a seemingly haphazard manner, they are actually engaging in the process of reasoning, assumptions, and dismissing prior beliefs when presented with stronger evidence. They also display remarkable psychological intuition and, by observing the actions of other people, can determine underlying motivations, desires, and preferences. All these factors contribute to how effectively our children learn to communicate as they grow up.
No matter which path our children are going to choose future, being able to communicate effectively is going to be the fundamental core of everything they do. Hence, it is of utmost importance that, along with the academics, our kids develop these natural abilities to react to the environment.
What is even more crucial to note is that kids these days have a lot more academic rigor to deal with than what we as parents did. This pressure of being the class topper, school captain, or – develops an invisible sense of self in the kids. Those who got lucky to be at such positions are afraid to lose it in the future, and others start on losing their confidence. These are situations even we as parents sometimes struggle in our corporate/work lives, how could we ever expect our kids to think so maturely in these situations.
It is thus, extremely important that we train our kids about the so-called "parts and parcels" of life. Children must be aware of the types of challenges they might face in the future, and what is the right way to deal with them. As parents, we should utilize the ready to change attitude in children and start building their personality since early childhood. We should to promote our kids' creativity in the way they look at the world. The role of incremental learning i.e., small steps at a time, becomes crucial as we don't want to unnecessarily bombard kids with too much information all at once. In our ever changing and fast evolving world, it is essential that we focus on improving the learning outcomes for children by teaching children in a way they want to learn – byte sized content offered in a gamified environment fostering peer to peer learning.