3 September 2019 | Source: Oswaal Books Editorial Board | Join the Discussion
In life, everyone is bound to make mistakes. Even so, parents can be positively terrified of making mistakes with their children, and with good reason. Child psychology today is able to tell us what parents have intuitively always known – that their actions and decisions can have an enormous impact on the psyche and future of their child.
As a result, the stakes are raised dramatically. Enriching your child’s life or sitting down to help them with their worksheets and learning material can provide a huge boost for the future. On the flip side, the mistakes we make can have consequences which can impact the rest of our children’s lives.
The following seven mistakes are all too common – and are, thus, to be avoided at all costs.
1. Being Too Punitive
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a teacher or parent is being too punitive. Young children are still learning how to process emotions, and so hitting them with exorbitant punishments or shouting at them can lead to their internalizing negative emotions to a scarring extent. Mistakes happen, especially when we’re young. Try to be understanding and practice active listening and empathy.
2. Thinking Children Aren’t Complex
Childhood is commonly thought to be a time of innocence and simplicity. The reality, however, as any parent raising a child can attest, is anything but innocent or simple. The life of a young child is impressionable as it is rapidly changing, which is one reason why children are so notoriously inquisitive. To them, life is an amazing new thing begging more questions than answers, and they are still young enough to find that more refreshing than fatiguing or terrifying.
3. Overindulging Them
On the other hand, you don’t want to go to the other extreme, either. In the same way overindulging children can lead to their becoming spoiled, indulging every whim of your class can lead to your losing control. Make sure that you show intentionality in every action you take as the teacher, and that it’s completely clear who’s in charge.
4. Not Listening
At the same time, there is a difference between being firm and being a dictator. Take the time to ask students and children what’s wrong, and practice active listening. You don’t want to punish seven-year-olds just for the sake of punishing them, but rather try to get to the root of the problem.
5. Confusing Them
Part of the reason things are broken down by Class level is to avoid overwhelming students with material which is over their heads. That’s why purchasing items such as Class 2 workbooks for your class can be a big help. You can be sure that the workbooks and associated help books are class levels appropriate.
6. Relying on Technology Too Much
On the one hand, there’s no reason to be a technophobe and cut your children or students off from technology altogether. On the other hand, there’s a difference between embracing teaching apps and games on iPads and letting Apple or YouTube “teach” or “raise” your students or children. Remember, technology is a tool, not a substitute for actual parenting or teaching skills.
7. Creating a Bad Work/Play Balance
Don’t bombard your children or students with too many facts and figures at once. Childhood is a time to play and experience new things. Gamifying work can help, as with making games out of completing problems on worksheets or their Class 2 workbooks ahead of other students.
Learning what to avoid on your part can help you more effectively teach and raise seven-year-olds.