In today’s society children are faced with many negative influences, such as bullying, social media, Internet, divorce, cutting, depression and many others. Once it is determined what the issues are and where they were developed a positive intervention can be applied.
Where are the negative influences developed? It depends on the developmental period of a child’s life. The imprint period is between birth and seven. This is where information is absorbed from the environment. From seven to fourteen is the modeling period and this is where many of the issues begin. The child begins to model behavior of family, friends, movie stars, etc. There are many influences (good and bad) and has a huge impact on the direction in which the child will go. The final period is fourteen to twenty-one. This is the socialization period and it is where they become individualized.
One great positive intervention is implementing success principles. Discovering the true talents and abilities within our children will prepare them for this unpredictable world by teaching them how to adapt to any situation. Instilling entrepreneurial ideas in children will help them become successful adults and it will create independence within them.
They need to learn how to manage their own strengths and weaknesses. Many children are afraid to fail because they feel they are letting the parents down. Failure is good – encourage it. It is just feedback letting you know how to modify your plan. It is stepping-stones to success. It can only be failure if you don’t get back up and try again. All of the successful people in history have had many failures before reaching success.
Remember to teach your children the difference between the person who fails and the one who succeeds is the perception they have. It is seizing an opportunity and acting upon it, unlike the person who allows fear to dominate his abilities.
Peggy Caruso is an Executive and Personal Development Coach, Author of 4 books, 8-time entrepreneur, NLP Master Practitioner and Hypnotherapist with 22 years experience. She recently released her new book, “Revolutionize Your Child’s Life,” which is available on all the on-line books stores and her website: http://www.lifecoachingandbeyond.com
Peggy has been interviewed by radio, magazine’s and TV (including NBC, Atlanta & Co.) throughout the US and Canada. Her goal is to use the proceeds from her book to start an orphanage. She is the founder of Life Coaching and Beyond, LLC and also certifies individual’s to become a life coach.
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