‘When a child shows reluctance to an instruction, I think the first question, we must ask is, have we as custodians, taken time to explain or teach the child, the best way we can, the values and benefits of the instruction.’
I am with you today with all my heart. It has been more than a pleasure for me to be on this page today. As I will always say, it is a duty. Neccecity is laid upon me. In fact woe unto me if I do not preach the gospel of Child’s Rights Social Empowerment Advocacy.
The last time I was here, I was addressing the fact that childhood is not synonymous with bondage under the Vision Speaks Series. Today, I beg to take the discussion further by saying that the freedom of the child to be a child must not be subdued in the name of training. A child reluntance to an instruction must be viewed and dealt with carefully.
When a child shows reluctance to an instruction, I think the first question, we must ask is, have we as custodians, taken time to explain or teach the child, the best way we can, the values and benefits of the instruction. Please note that when we talk about benefits, we must make it our primary duty to show the child the benefits of the instruction to him or her. That is, what does he/she stand to gain if he/she follows the instruction.
In most cases, custodians are too quick to tell children what they(custodians) stand to lose if the child does not follow their instruction. When this happens, there is a disconect between the child and custodains. The Child feels that he/she is mainly living for the custodian. It is a settled fact that human beings are inherently selfish. Children are not excempted. There is every possibility that they will adhere to an instruction if they can see how it benefits them.
Are we now teaching children to be selfish? Not at all. We are not to stop at telling children the benefits of an instruction to themselves alone but also to the family, school and the nation. We also have a responsibility to teach children to respect the benefits to others enough to follow an instruction. When we do this, we teach the children to be responsible to their fellow human beings, beginning from their parents, siblings, school mates, teachers and others.
One underlining factor in all these is that we must learn to be patient with children, respect their childhood and allow them the freedom that their individuality deserves. In my handbook, ‘Respect for the Right of the Child To Be Heard: 16 Irrefutable Facts You Must Identify, Execute and Uphold,’ I shared how to engage children and help them to speak up for the benefits of themselves and others. I think it is a material you should consciously expose yourself to.
My space is up here today and I have to go. I will continue the Vision Speak Series tomorrow as I begin to share with you who a child really is. Understanding children will help you to give them the best they derserve and help you to do things in the best interest of the child. Do have an INSPIRED Day
I’m Taiwo Akinlami & I Lead the TeacherFIRE™ Revolution
POINT 2 PONDER:
‘It is a settled fact that human beings are inherently selfish. Children are not excempted. There is every possibility that they will adhere to an instruction if they can see how it benefits them.’
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