Leaders can be made. How…let’s Explore.
Dr. Surbhi is a qualified homeopath and mom of two lovely daughters.She loves reading, writing and spending quality time with kids. recently she moved from India to USA and having a new experience here in every aspect of life. She blogs at surbhiprapannablogsblogspot.com(positive Parenting). Although she has 5 years of clinical and teaching experience in homeopathy, but the most incredible experience of her life is being a mommy of two cute dolls and now she loves to share her parenting journey with others.
Some simple and tested methods to develop leadership quality in kids.
Leadership is a great quality that promotes intellectual development in kids and endows them with a confidence and positive attitude. Some people believe that great leaders are born and some believe that they are made, but I think each child can be a leader with right encouragement and support.
Firstly, let’s talk about who is a Leader? Leader is a person who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. He has an exceptional quality that he/she can knows himself/herself well and at the same time he can understand other peoples also very well. Three c- cooperation, collaboration and communication are very important to develop leadership quality in kids.
Although participate in extra-curricular activities like sports, camping are main source to encourage them for leadership but there are some little steps also we can take at home to raise a leader and promote cognitive development.
These activities can be divided in to two categories:
A – for their own growth and mental development.
B- for making a communication and management of others.
So some simple activities for first categories are-
1 .Make a poster with a theme called “who am I”? – It was a holiday afternoon and to promote leadership quality in my kids. I asked to my 7 year daughter who are you? She has answered I am a girl. Then asked all other simple questions to them regarding their personality like what is your favourite dish? What is your favourite sport, dress, friend, pet, ambition of your life? Where do you stay? Then collect the pictures of all answers from old magazine and glue them on a chart and stick a photo of your kid in middle. Your “who am I?” chart is ready. It is a very simple activity to make awareness in kids about him.
2. Make I can….I cannot chart – it is another activity to motivate kids for development of good qualities. Prepare a chart with a theme called what I can do and what I cannot and tell them to write down the things which they can do and cannot (according to their age) and then encourage them to learn all those skills which they had in I cannot category.
3. Writing skills – encourage them to write in small projects like weekend writing (what they done this weekend) or write a letter to close relative (grandparents). Writing is a great skill that promotes intellectual development and thinking process and an organised thinking process is must quality to be a good leader.
4. Speaking ability – Motivate them to participate in all school events (like debate, extempore) to practice public confidence and organise themselves to express clearly to others. Family events like role play, drama or interview of family member can also be helpful in developing their vocabulary and knowledge.
So these are some simple activities for first aspect that deals with self-growth and development. It is easier thing to understand oneself but understand other peoples are defiantly a daunting task and require lots of patience and effort. This thing also can start at home:
1. Inspire them to participate in household discussion (according to their age and for common issues only) – family is basic unit of society and if a person can understand his/her family members well. He -would be able to understand other people also. This thing can be start at home by parents with simple involvement of kids in ordinary household issues like:
- What to make in dinner?
- Make a shopping list of household items.
- Plan a holiday or birthday party
- Discuss a common problem like how to keep house properly clean? Or how can we avoid wastage of food or other things?
Discuss these kinds of small family issues with kids on weekly or monthly basis and tell them to raise their opinion and at the end add your thoughts as a conclusion to improve their mistakes and complete the thought process.
This is most ideal and simple technique to make kids understand other people. If at this age they will understand these family issues and can participate to solve them then as a grownup they would be able to solve bigger problems of community.
2. Scavenger hunt – it is a wonderful game to fasten the thought process and decision making. Although it is usually played among group of kids, but why not try this at home also? Select a leader for each group of family member and enjoy this game with hints from other team. Try to find the hidden object. Kids would love it.
3. Frequent visit – to senior citizen home, orphanage and other social organisation to make them understand need and situation of other people.
4. Volunteering – in different social and community activity is also a good idea to motivate them.
So these are my ideas to raise a leader What is yours? Do not forget to share. Until then Happy parenting!