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Nurture Your Child's Unique Genius


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Children are born with an innate curiosity and a desire to explore the world around them.


Each child, like every individual, possesses a unique set of values and priorities, things that hold the utmost importance to them and spark their inspiration from within.


As parents, it is essential to understand and respect our children's priorities, as this forms the foundation of their authentic selves.


When children feel a strong connection between what they do and their highest priorities, they become engaged and motivated from within.


On the other hand, when they don't see how their daily activities align with their priorities, they might need external motivation, often leading to disengagement and frustration.


Discovering Your Child's Intrinsic Priorities

One of the most valuable things we can do as parents is to understand our child's highest priorities. This involves observing what they spontaneously love to do, read about, talk about, and spend their time and their pocket money on. By recognizing their unique set of priorities, we gain insight into what truly inspires and energizes them.


Avoiding Assumptions and Projections

As parents, it is important to refrain from projecting our own priorities and expectations onto our children. Instead of trying to mold them according to our beliefs, we should celebrate their individuality and uniqueness. Children are not blank slates; they come into this world with their own set of priorities that deserve respect and acknowledgment.


Empowering Your Child's Genius

Great leaders and visionaries are often those who dare to be different and embrace their uniqueness. Our children have their own leadership roles and genius waiting to awaken and express itself. When we encourage them to follow their intrinsic interests, their creativity, innovation, and confidence blossom.


Suppose a child is inspired by a particular subject, like cars or forensic science. In that case, it is wiser to support and nurture that inspiration rather than trying to fit them into conventional molds. By providing the right environment and opportunities, we can help our children thrive in their areas of interest.


Linking Education to Highest Priorities

One of the keys to keeping children engaged in education is by connecting their learning experiences to their highest priorities. When they see how their classes and school activities align with their aspirations, they become more eager to participate and excel.


As parents and educators, we can adopt a customer-oriented approach, where we consider our children as customers, the school as a product, and ourselves as sellers.


By selling our ideas to our children in terms of their highest priorities, we can foster enthusiasm and genuine interest in their educational journey.

Thrival Brain vs. Survival Brain

When children perceive that their actions are helping them fulfill their highest priorities, their thrival brain - the developing prefrontal cortex or executive center - gets activated. This area of the brain is responsible for executive function, self-control, and decision-making. In contrast, unfulfilled pursuits may lead to the activation of the survival brain, resulting in impulsive and compulsive behaviors.


Encouraging Lifelong Learning

Every child deserves the opportunity to explore and pursue their highest priorities. By supporting our children's unique interests and nurturing their genius, we prepare them for a fulfilling and purpose-driven life.


Our role as parents is to facilitate their growth, guide them in finding their paths, and embrace the wonderful journey of witnessing their true potential unfold.


To Wrap It Up

Let's remember that each child has a natural genius waiting to be expressed. It is our responsibility to be attentive to their highest priorities, encourage their passions, and empower them to embrace their authenticity.


When we do so, we open the doors to a lifetime of inspired learning, growth, and fulfillment.


Let us support our children in becoming the best versions of themselves and making a meaningful impact on the world.

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