Posted by Barack Levin on March 23rd, 2012
The so familiar phrase: You need to challenge your kids is so wild spread that I think it lost its meaning or at the very least, its interpretation is wrong. A parent presented with sentence will often think about it as a challenge in education. I need to challenge my kids in math, is the most common reply I hear from parents when I ask them this question. However, this is only a very small and almost insignificant part of the whole picture of challenging our kids. So what does this sentence really mean?
Challenging our kids can happen almost every day and in almost any aspect of their lives. The problem is that parents think that they always need to aid and help their kids and do not put enough challenges in front of them to tackle and think their ways through. Take for a example tree climbing. It seems ridicules but if you put some more attention to it you will see that you challenge your kids to take calculated risks, overcome fear of heights and gain confidence. When they overcome this challenge they become better kids; better equipped kids. Climbing trees just one example but there are more, many more ways you can challenge your kids to excel: ride bikes without training wheels, walk the dog by themselves, talk to adults, use power tools for a wood work project and the list goes on and on.