Kids are just like clay. You need to mold them.
Sometimes they respond to adversities in a courageous manner and sometimes they succumb to it.
As elders and their guardians you need to make your child understand the rules of life, why is it important to stand up for themselves and how to do that.
Life is not always a full moon bright night
Though it will be difficult for a young child to understand this harsh reality of life, let it permeate through its mind slowly. Try to make your child understand that in life not everything goes in your own way, sometimes you have to take a leap, sometimes a detour and sometimes sail through it no matter what.
The only thing that can save you from these is a healthy mind and the ability to be able to stand up for yourself.
1. Emotionally intelligent
Teach your child to not be emotionally easy-to-be-drained out. Emotionally intelligent people understand their emotions and also figure out what sort of impression their emotions put on others.
This is pretty difficult to teach a child. However, you can try several interactive manners to put this into a child’s mind. Stories and real time examples and contexts can help your child understand this in a better manner.
2. Confident body language
Majority of the impression an individual creates on others is through confident body language. This will steer clear of the confusion and the negatives associated with a person; or at least can shadow it completely.
You should teach this to your kid through role models. Tell them about legends and celebrities who are followed for their confidence. Teach them the tips and tricks about body language.
3. Clear communication
The biggest armor in your quiver is a good and clear communication ability. As an adult you know how important good communication is and how powerful it is.
Eloquence can make or break your personality. It is a sign of confidence and should be nurtured in kids.
4. Self advocacy
The foundational skill required to stand up for yourself is self advocacy.
Self advocacy is an individual’s ability to effectively convey and communicate his or her interest, desires, and rights in an effective manner. It also involves taking decisions and responsibility for the decision.
5. Understanding the negative pressure
Kids are prone to several types of pressure, and it is important for them to know about the kind of pressure.
For example, the pressure from friends to do something wrong like stealing a pen or passing comments to the teacher is a negative pressure. Kids should know how to avert this and how to take a stand.
6. No is a complete statement
Kids are prone to abuse, many of which are silent in nature. Often kids unwillingly agree to such pressures.
Teach your kid to say ‘No’ vehemently if there is something wrong and report it immediately to father or mother. Tell them that the punishment for wrong doing is applicable to all both elders and young people.