Providing children with the skills they need to succeed in life––and getting them started
Every parent wants their children to be successful in life, which includes not just having a good job and a good paycheck, but also being happy. And every parent wonders how they will be able to accomplish this.
It’s less about grades and extracurricular activities, according to Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, and more about a basic set of abilities that help youngsters handle life’s problems as they mature. All of these abilities are categorised as executive function skills, which are used for self-control. People can feel more successful and happy in life if they develop good executive function skills and find strategies to increase them.
What are the five most crucial core competencies?
Being capacity to develop and carry out concrete goals and plans is referred to as planning.
The ability to concentrate on what is vital at any particular time is known as focus.
Self-control is the ability to manage how we react to difficult events as well as our emotions.
Not only are we aware of the people and situations around us, but we are also aware of how we fit within them.
Flexibility is defined as the ability to adjust to changing circumstances.
While children (and adults) can and do gain these abilities throughout their lives, two time periods are particularly important: early childhood (ages 3 to 5) and adolescence/early adulthood (ages 13 to 26). Learning and using these abilities within these windows of opportunity can help children set themselves up for success. We’ll discuss about that initial window of early childhood in this post.