College Admissions Strategies – MindShift Admissions.
As in all life situations, children grow, stretch and improve throughout their childhood. It’s a process that must be observed with clear eyes and an open heart. For parents, it’s almost a never-ending endeavor.
Each child is unique in their needs and talents. However, they all need to discover what interests them and what they will be willing to devote themselves towards their future and by so doing, discover what college is right for them. Is the college your child plans to attend right for them?
To answer that question, you have to look at how each child understands themselves.
Your child is self-conscious. Just as it would be in most of us, this means that they don’t know how they are perceived. They know they have flaws and do not hesitate to confess them publicly.
Somewhere along the way they begin to realize that they are entitled to the respect they deserve. They gradually understand that, in exchange for this, they have to work hard. This message is also passed on by parents who are usually the ones who set the tone in the family, they motivate their children to try and make a living and they hold down the fort on an everyday basis.
The children in the house run from the food coming in and would eventually stop and refuse to eat it. It’s the same in a family as well: a family member throws a tantrum when one of their children leaves the house because they don’t eat their dinner, they’ll “forget” their homework or skip their meetings to sit on the couch and watch TV.
What drives your child to stay away from the food and start playing? What makes them behave in such a way? It could be he wants to show the other family members how “real” they are.
And you can provide this skill in your own children from as early as the age of three, especially if you think about how you were taught to learn. Their basic grasp of language was formed then, no doubt. It’s this language that your child will learn in college.
The key, however, is to use their verbal communication to teach you how to parent them and nurture their growth into a mature young adult.
Lastly, is your child too self-conscious? Do they like to fly under the radar and hide behind their parents, or do they have a strong desire to be recognized for their abilities? If they are like this then you do not need to pass on these traits to your child. You can start giving them lessons when they are younger. However, it is important to remain the big brother or sister and stand behind your child.
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