When ever you get into something new, you do research and get to know your product, Now I know a child is not a product. However, it is very important that you get to know your children. Out of all of the things that I have heard from parents, there is one that really gets to me. Let’s imagine a child curses out the teacher. The teacher calls the parent of the child and explains what happened. Many times the result is that one thing I cannot stand to hear: “I know my child did not do that. They have never done that before!” If we really think about it, everything we do has to be done a first time. Not only that, a parent cannot always be sure of what their child has done previously. A lot of parents think they know their children because they raised them. The truth is that although you may be the greatest influence in their lives, there are other influences. Friends, music, television, movies, school and various experiences are influences on your children as well. It is of utmost importance that you have great communication with your children to get to know them. You may be surprised at what you find.
In addition to an open line of communication, it is important to know your child’s temperament, learning style and their intelligence. These can be found by using the free test that can be found online. The knowledge that you will gain from these assessments can bridge that gap that exists between many parents and their children. It can help you to aid your child in a plan for their future. It will also be valuable for your children’s teachers as they seek to accommodate your children.
Getting to know your children is key in providing a great education for them, but I suggest that you get to know yourself in the process. Take the assessments with your children. It can add to your life and it will show your children the importance of knowing themselves.
Brian J. T. Watts, Ed.S
Motivator, Educational Consultant, Student/Parent Advocate