To help your child thrive in spite of challenges and achieve success wherever they go, the Champion Mindset takes the first step towards creating an independent and creative thinker out of them. At MindSpace, our student care services embrace the Champion Mind, Learning Mind and Creative Mind to unlock your child’s full potential. Our curriculum – complemented with this 3-Minds Approach – will guide your child to grow into unique individuals that are confident to pursue their passions and tackle challenges head-on.
Outside of our student care centre in Singapore, you can also engage your child with activities that can provide them with a strong foundation and foster a love for learning from young. At MindSpace, we believe in presenting a united front with all parents and supporting our young learners at home. Here’s a guide to start nurturing your child’s Champion Mindset – with parenting tips and tricks!
1. Make time for storytime
For starters, you can make storytime a regular part of your routine with your child. When you read a book together, point out things that might spark curiosity and pause periodically to ask your child questions about what’s happening in the story. For example, you might ask, “What do you think will happen next?” or “Why do you think the character did that?” Asking questions along the way will help to engage your child in the story and encourage them to think critically about what’s happening. Soon, your child might start having questions of their own as well!
In fact, asking questions is one of the most important ways children learn. It allows them to direct their own learning and make sense of the world around them. In addition, stories often contain characters who face challenges and solve problems. This can give your child a model for how to navigate their own challenges. Besides, storytime is a great opportunity for you to bond with your child. Taking the time to read together can create lasting memories and a strong emotional connection.
2. Plan for treasure hunts
Through scavenger hunts, you can help your child learn how to set and reach goals. The first step is to determine what the prize will be. This could be a toy, a piece of candy, or even a special privilege, like staying up an extra half hour before bedtime. Once you have determined the prize, place it somewhere in the house where your child is likely to find it. Then, give your child a series of clues that will lead them to the prize. For example, you might start with a hint saying, “look under the sofa cushions.” The clues can be as simple or as complicated as you like, but make sure they are challenging enough to keep your child’s interest. This activity will also help them to develop problem-solving skills whilst figuring out the clues.
As they follow the clues and get closer to the prize, they will learn what it means to have a goal and the process of achieving it – which is all part of having the Champion Mindset. And when they finally find the treasure, they’ll be so proud of themselves!
3. Use perseverance language
Additionally, language is a powerful tool and with constant encouragement, your child can gradually develop a Champion Mindset. This means using phrases that emphasise effort and progress, rather than intelligence or talent. For example, instead of saying “You’re so smart,” you might say “You’ve worked so hard.” Parenting with perseverance language can guide your child to understand that their abilities can be developed through hard work and practice. It also shows them that setbacks are normal and should be viewed as opportunities to learn and grow.
You might also say “I know you can do it” when your child is struggling with a task. By doing so, you’re showing that you believe in your child’s ability to overcome obstacles. As an extra tip, you can also motivate your child to persevere by sharing stories about times when you’ve faced problems. Hearing about how you dealt with difficulty can show your child that it’s possible to succeed even when things are tough. Don’t forget to praise your child when they display qualities such as resilience and determination.
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With countless learning opportunities inside and outside of home, your child will gradually have the Champion Mindset to try new things, navigate different situations and most importantly, believe in themselves. Get in touch with us or book a visit to a MindSpace student care centre near you in Singapore to learn more about our unique curriculum!