As a Mum of two myself, I know it is impossible to not compare your child against others. I teach children from 3 – 12 years and I am often amazed at how different each child is in academic ability and learning style. Even siblings raised the same way from the same genetics vary so greatly.
Children are in formal education for a long time. Education starts from when you read that first book as a newborn and continues every day. It is important to remember that children should only be compared to themselves and encouraged to reach their own potential.
As a teacher, I firmly believe that children should be given every opportunity to help them educationally but only in a way that appeals to them. Our Begin Bright motto is that ‘Learning is fun for everyone’ and if children are enjoying what and how they’re learning, they will absorb much more and be more likely to reach their potential.
When you find yourself cringing that one child did something that yours can’t do, or feeling sorry for that Mum because your child has been doing something for ages that theirs is struggling with, ask yourself the following questions.
- Has my child improved in the last three months?
- Are they enthusiastic about learning?
- Are they being challenged academically and learning new things?
- Am I supportive of their learning style?
If the answer is yes, you’re doing great!
Happy Learning, Tina Tower