Never give up on your child!!!! Teach them that they are all smart in their own way, show them how they are smart, then let them prove it to you. Some kids will grasps learning new things right away, while others take longer and that’s OKAY!
Albert Einstein is considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century.
But did you know:
1- He was slow in learning how to talk, which many felt it would have an effect on his learning development.
2- The family maid referred to him as “the dopey one.”
3- He was such a poor student that one of his teachers said he would never amount to much.
4- He didn’t earn top grades in every subject but he did do very well in math and science.
5- Didn’t interact much with his peers.
6- He was rebellious to authority especially at school. He felt that the educational system was too strict, confining and strangled curiosity.
7- At the age of twelve he taught himself geometry.
8- He was 16 when he wrote his first science paper.
9- He received his Ph. D. at the age of 26.
10- He was a good violin player and was quoted as saying, “Life without playing music is inconceivable for me.”
While family members and teachers didn’t think he would amount to anything, Einstein proved them wrong. He wasn’t the baby turned boy genius over night as many would like to think. Instead, he struggled in certain subjects like many kids do, but was determined to learn and advance in the areas he was strong in: Science, math and physics. He didn’t let the opinions of others stop him, instead he stayed focused on his personal strengths and excelled greatly in the areas he knew he was strong In.
So why do we beat ourselves up if we don’t have the smartest or most athletic child? Does society, as a whole, place these unrealistic expectations on our children? Or, do we listen to other parents talk about how wonderful their own kids are, that we feel pressured to keep up? I would say it could be a combination of both plus more.
For over 16 years I have encouraged my students to discover what their personal strengths are and to use them to their advantage, just as Einstein did. The beauty of having 16 years of experience in this area is, many of my past students are now on Facebook with me. Many have thanked me for encouraging them to believe in their personal strengths and showing them how to do it. This right here is pure evidence of believing in a child can do for them years later.
In a nutshell, never give up on your child, don’t let others convince you that your child will never amount to anything and most of all, empower your child with their own personal strengths!
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