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Rediscover the child in you

THE ASIAN AGE. | DR REKHA SHETTY
Published : Apr 19, 2018, 12:27 am IST
Updated : Apr 19, 2018, 12:27 am IST

As parents, your role is to nurture, protect, support, and provide structure and discipline.

Dr Rekha Shetty
 Dr Rekha Shetty

It is parents who can ensure the economic prosperity and social well being of young family members. Inspiring a child is something a parent can do best. The theory of multiple intelligence tells us that every child has at least one of the seven different types of intelligence: logical, mathematical, visual, spatial, musical, linguistic and kinaesthetic and the two emotional intelligences, knowledge of Self and knowledge of others, which great leaders like Gandhi had.

Professor Howard Gardner from the Harvard School of Psychology, who developed this idea over 30 years of research, says there is also the natural intelligence dealing with Nature’s secrets and growth and the spiritual intelligence of religious and philosophical leaders. Focus on what your child is good at and help him/her develop that intelligence. Train and support them till the seed they are born with becomes a mighty tree, bringing forth millions of seeds. You too can develop your own God-given skills. It’s never too late.

 

Observe how your child learns best — by watching, listening or doing. Give them an environment full of stimuli which energises all five senses. Be their role model for learning and learn with them, by reading, singing, building models, creating charts, playing games. You can practice music, dancing or maths with your child. But make sure it is fun and not a painful drill. Every day provides you with opportunities to learn together.

“Children teach you the Oh! of life,” says a Japanese proverb. Enjoy the excitement, curiosity and adventure of finding again the child in you. Allow them to lead you into their wonderland.

As parents, your role is to nurture, protect, support, and provide structure and discipline. A good relationship will create a healthy and happy balance.

 

The writer is the author of Everyday Happiness Mantras

Tags: intelligences, kinaesthetic, howard gardner