Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Don't "Handicap" Your Child

IS YOUR CHILD TOO SPOILED? “Who else we want to pamper if not our own child?” I have to agree to that statement – definitely! However, the main purpose of raising a child is to ensure that he or she will be a functional human being and most importantly is that to be independent – especially when the parents, care-takers, siblings or even teachers are not around. 

This is crucial as based on my experience as a teacher, I could tell a child is being pampered by his or her parents too much that the student can’t get to be independent in class during a lesson. The possibility of such consequence may result from lack of positive reinforcement activities at home. For example, if a task as simple as making the bed after waking up every morning is not fostered, the child may not develop a habit that incorporates cooperativeness or being independent. The habitual activities are to be trained at a very young age by their parents. Other task that helps to foster positive behaviour in a child is cleaning up their toys when they are finished – one of the things that will definitely facilitate the child’s positive growth at school among other children. 

The lack of discipline may seem to be petty but what I wish to highlight in this entry is that, teachers may find it a challenge to convey a simple instructions or have clear communication with the students with lack of exposure to cooperative task or being independent at home. This will then hinder the learning in class. 

One way that I see on how we could minimize the hindrance in class is to foster among the students as early as possible on encouraging them to assist the teacher to clean up after activities in class – as simple as helping to put the books back on the rack or pick up a small paper rubbish on the floor into the dustbin won’t do any harm. Soon, the child will see the routine or habitual activity as a norm and practice it at home – assisting their parents with bigger chores. Children with such motivation will learn to love his or her school environment that allows children to be diligent and cooperative which eventually lead to positive communication among each other. 

Authored by, 
Teacher Dila 
Teacher, LETZHOP Selayang


  1. Picture Credit to http://childrensmd.org/browse-by-age-group/child-behavior-problems-3-steps-getting-help/

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