Hello people! Its a long weekend/hols, and I hope y’all are having fun.
This weeks post is inspired by a picture Chinma Eke posted some weeks ago(found at the bottom of the page), of children who decorated their living room with PAINT! A lot of us found the picture hilarious, and unbelievable, but such happenings are not unheard of.
We hear of and know of children that are extremely hyper-active and creative beyond their years. We all know those children; the ones whose antics leave us at the edge of our seats, and within an inch of a heart attack, the Tarzan’s, Einstein’s, etc. For some parents, teachers, and care givers this is their worst nightmare; mischievous children, creative children who mess up the environment while experimenting, the young inventors and scientists, etc.
Its common knowledge that every adult claims to have been super intelligent and well behaved as a child (so not true), and very often do not know how to handle hyper-active/creative children.
On this long weekend, and the rest of the summer holidays, here are a few tips to help us handle our creative children:
~Do not kill the child’s creativity and ego with punishments, rather channel the child’s mischief into something creative and positive.
>Know and interact with your children or wards. Know their interests and encourage them to pursue it safely.
>Teach and encourage children to play safe games.
Explain to them the need to avoid flammable substances such as fuel, matches, gas, kerosene, glue, paints, insecticides, etc.
>When children make a mess, they should clean up after themselves, not asking another to clean up after them. Even when the children cannot clean up totally and effectively, they should participate in the clean up, this way you are training them to take responsibility for their actions.
>Keep sharp, harmful objects and substances away from the reach of children. These includes; drugs, disinfectants, cleaners and detergents, etc.
>If you have heady and or stuborn children, it is important to:
»Always be the adult. Don’t react to the child’s tantrum with a temper tantrum of your own. Rather calmly scold the child constructively.
»Use corporal punishment wisely, lest you harden the child.
~Remember, that child may be the next Einstein, and The World Belongs to Those who Dare.