What is your child's passion? What inspires them? Find out what they love to do, what they are good at, something that is close to their heart. Then help them build on this inspiration, this passion of theirs to feel good about themselves to develop their confidence and overcome challenges such as shyness. If you are fully involved in doing something you love, you are more likely to be focussing on this rather than bothering about being shy or other negative things.
Enthusiasm creates a positive attitude. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (author of The Power of Positive Thinking and a progenitor of the theory of "positive thinking") said: “Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm.” http://www.1-famous-quotes.com/quote/284592 Cheri Fuller – award winning author of Raising Motivated Kids, believes in inspiring enthusiasm for a great start in life. She believes in not pushing children but motivating their natural enthusiasm which then results in a personal desire to want to accomplish things. www.cherifuller.com Dr Judy Willis is an authority on brain research regarding learning and the brain.
With a unique background as both a neurologist and classroom teacher, she writes extensively for professional educational and parenting journals and has written six books about applying the mind, brain, and education research to classroom teaching and parenting strategies. The Association of Educational Publishers honoured Dr. Willis as a finalist for the Distinguished Achievement Award for her educational writing. In How your child learns best? In the section entitled ‘Keep Alive Your Child’s Natural Enthusiasm To Learn’ Dr Willis says “After writing four books for teachers, I realized parents need their own access to valuable techniques and activities to enrich their children’s classroom experiences, keep alive their natural curiosity, and cultivate their enthusiasm for life-long learning.” http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/radical-teaching/200904/dr-judy-willis-rad-teaching-connections-neuroscience-research-the-class.
It would seem that enthusiasm is an untapped but extremely valuable resource, often irresistible in its power to attract others to people and projects, a wonderful natural power that is free. Do we not owe it to our children and young people to help them find and develop the natural enthusiasm within themselves and use it to follow their passions - as a power to recognise value in themselves and to develop the lives they choose. Auriel Blanche – Creator of the Magic Sunglasses Programme Helping Kids Develop Real Self Confidence.
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