Thursday, 26 July 2018

15 questions you can ask your kids to nurture a progressive mindset.

Children are certainly their parents’ bundles of joy but they also are the foundation of a promising future of the nation. It is important to teach them well, for on their tiny shoulders rests a bright and wonderful tomorrow. But along with the knowledge of science and mathematics, it is crucial to inculcate in your child a strong character and mindset as well for a combination of both will propel your child’s journey on a path of constant success.

An interaction between you and your child has always proved to be the most effective form of learning for your child.

Here are a few questions you can ask your child for developing a good mindset:

1. What do you like daydreaming about?
What is your kid thinking about when he’s spaced out? Ask your child what he daydreams about and you’ll find out his thoughts and wishes. This would help you to get to know what appeals to your kids and what goes on in their subconscious.

2. If you were a superhero, what would your powers be?
Every kid loves superheroes. Children secretly wish they could possess superpowers as well. Ask your child what he wants his superpowers to be and how he would put them to use. This will help you get an insight into the mind of your kid and find out what his opinion of ‘superpower’ is.

3. Which of your friends do you think I’d like the most? 
This will give you an idea of what their idea of right and wrong traits in a person is. Your child’s answer to this question will tell you what they think about your opinions of a good kid are. It will also inform you about what company your child keeps.

4. What is the worst thing that happened to you and what did you learn from it?
Sometimes, grown-ups don’t quite realize what their child is going through and something negligible can also be significant for your child. Asking them about their worst experience will let you know about what counts as a bad experience in their lives and help you check if what they learn from it is negative or positive.

5. What is the best thing that happened to you and what did you learn from it?
Checking their point of views on good and bad things is important. This will help you know what their perception of good and bad in the world is. Children’s minds are vulnerable and undeveloped and hence it is the parents’ responsibility to make them understand what is right and what is not.

6. If you could make three rules that everyone had to follow, what rules would they be?
This will highlight the things your child finds intolerable and aggravating. For a child to grow into a responsible and mature adult, patience is a value that will help him/her overcome any challenging situation with a cool head. If you find that your child is intolerable of the immoral events happening around him, then you can safely say that he/she is on the right path.

7. Out of all the things you are learning, what do you think will be the most useful when you are an adult?
Your kids are going through a constant learning process, at school, and at home. But it is important that they understand the purpose behind all the new things they’re learning and understand how and where to apply the knowledge gained.

8. What chores do you like doing the most?
Your child should learn to organise his/her personal and domestic lives. If your kids already do that, this question would make you realize what chores they like doing and which ones they don’t. You can further try making the chores more interesting.
If your kids don’t do that, this question would motivate them to do their own chores.

9. What are your favourite subjects at school?
This will give you a clear idea of what your children want to pursue in their career. Guide them to excel on a journey of a career of their choice and they will grow up to be strong and confident and intelligent adults.

10. What skill do you have that you think you can teach others?
This question will help your child identify his/her strengths and skills. It may also push them to work with an aim to improve their skills so as to be able to share their knowledge confidently.

11. What are 5 words you would use to describe yourself?
This will give you an understanding of how your kids perceive themselves and where they stand in their own world. It will help you improve their self-confidence and make them mentally strong to achieve their goals in today’s competitive world.

12. What do you want to be when you grow up? 
This question will direct your child towards thinking about their future. If your children’s dreams, aspirations, ambitions start to develop at a young age, it helps them start their journey towards their goals sooner. It helps in motivating them, increasing their concentration and focusing skills.

13. What is it about a race do you like the most?
A child’s holistic development is essential. If your kids are participating in a race, teach them that participating and having fun while playing or racing is as important as winning. Be it winning or losing, taking it your stride is what matters for a peaceful mind.

14. Did you help anyone today? 
The basic nature of children is to be selfish. But they must be taught that they live in a society and helping others and progressing with everyone is a valuable characteristic.

15. Who do you consider to be your idol?
At a young age, children learn quicker from the things they see rather than the things they are taught. Children follow the people around them, they imitate the behaviour of people they admire. But what matters is who they think is a personality worth following and who they think is worth idolizing.


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