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This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Primrose Schools; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Seriously, when we were thinking of being parents, I never imagined that picking and deciding on a school would be one of the hardest parts of parenting and raising your child. I have talked to a number of parents and they agree with me. SCHOOL – the choice that will affect your child for the rest of their lives! So…now what?
Reach For The Next Horizon With The Right Skills
What are Executive Function Skills?
- Adaptability – This skill helps your child learn how to go with the flow, adapt to any changes that he or she may have to deal with.
- Teamwork – This is an essential skill for every young child to learn. Learning to work together when playing, socializing, cleaning, etc. with playmates and family members will allow the child to do the same as they grow older. Working as a team brings more productivity.
- Problem solving – Nurturing skills like problem solving early in life can help children become more successful adults. This is the ultimate goal, right? Successful adults!
- Critical thinking – For any situation in life you may need to be able to take information and determine how best to use it. While this seems like a huge skill for a child to learn, playtime is a great place to begin the learning.
- Self-control – Not blowing up and having patience is a huge goal for small children. The time to build self-control starts at a young age.
- Memory – This is more than just remembering things. This is about using the information they have been given in the past and using it again, like when following directions or completing a task.
All of these skills are skills that I know I want my children to learn, use and grow with and I can totally see why the studies show that in the future our children will need more than the educational basics. They will need these executive function skills in order to be successful in the working world.
What Can You Do At Home?
Celebrate those milestones!
Parents celebrate a ton of firsts but we often forget to celebrate when our children make strides in skills like teamwork and self-control. When Jude gets through a day with out a meltdown for not being the best, we tell him we are proud of him. When Teagan has a play date with our neighbor and doesn’t freak out when her friend wants to play her game, we celebrate!
Parenting is hard work, we want the best for our children and we need to be a player in the game of life they are running. Do not rely just on school staff, take part in helping your child reach for the next horizon and be the very best they can as kids but also as future adults!