Parenting is the most rewarding, most frustrating and most terrifying thing you will ever do with your life. It’s something you do forever; you never stop parenting a child even after that child has grown up and moved away and started a family of his or her own. Your job as a parent is to nurture, educate and love your child; but it’s not always that easy. Kids act up and say things that hurt your feelings and behave in a way that occasionally makes it difficult to want to be near them. The rest of their lives, they’re wonderful and so easy to love. They are also difficult to teach, since all kids learn differently. You might notice this begins with potty training at a young age. One child learned quickly using this method but your second is a disaster that never seems to be able to grasp the concept no matter how you approach it. What does this mean? This just means your kids have different learning styles. Their style of learning is highly individualized and it makes a big impact on how to retain information, understand and develop.
It’s very important that you become familiar with your child’s learning style so that you can work with him and this teachers so that he gets the most out of his education. Teachers may have a class filled with kids, but they do understand the importance of knowing how kids learn best. They understand that teaching to one style of learning might not be effective to all children. If your child is not learning as quickly as his siblings or peers, don’t assume his is not trying, not applying himself or that he is not bright; he might just learn differently. It will do you a great service to learn more about the very specific styles of learning many children have so that you can help figure out what it is that your child needs from you and his educators. Knowing how your child learns will make it much easier to teach him; and education is the most important gift a person can provide a child.
Understanding how your child learns can make a difference in every aspect of his life, from his confidence level to his intelligence. It can help him succeed and not be treated like he’s an ‘idiot’ and it can prevent him from feeling stupid. Your job as a parent is to help your kids; and this is one of the best ways you can do that.
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