Making the right choice - an essential life skill“LIFE is about choices. Make them wisely to avoid regrets in your years ahead.” I remember my dad's sage advice to us when we were growing up.
Today, our lives revolve around many choices. For example, on food (organic or non-organic?), for media (traditional or digital?), about financials (cash or credit?), and the list goes on. The financial crisis today is a good example of the consequences of offering far too many investment instruments that the general public (and even the financial institutions themselves!) may not have the ability to discern the choices offered.
In the same context, our children are spoilt for choices in a world flush with information, media bombardment, enticing entertainment options and endless fads and fashion items that compete for every dollar we pamper our children with. Given all the distractions, our role as a parent in preparing our children to make better choices must be seen as teaching an essential life skill. This can start with parents taking the interest and time to participate in some of the critical decisions that the kids are starting to make:
- Academic growth
- What are the subjects that he is interested in?
- How do his better-performing subjects reconcile with his area of interest?
- How can you inspire and motivate him towards realising his academic ambitions taking into consideration his actual performance?
- If he shows little or no interest in his studies, how can you help to motivate and direct him to reap optimal benefit from his school time?
- What about other talents and skills displayed by your child that you can help to groom?
- School environment
Choices and your value system