An old expression says that charity begins at home is applicable to every home.
A school education is not the only ingredient to a well balanced child. There are so many other sides to a child's world apart from education that help shape who they are. Children need to learn life lessons beyond the classroom. This is an area where parents need to pay as much attention as they pay to their child's education.
Every stage of a child's life has its own challenges and differing circumstances. What they learn at each stage of their lives determines the person they become in the future. There is no amount of input in a child that is wasted; the time a parent invests in the overall development of a child always yields results. A child's development is an ongoing process, life lessons such as social skills, self-esteem, independence and individuality are lessons that need to be taught and developed beyond the classroom.
In an age where everything is fast-paced and technology advances at an alarming rate, parents need to keep up with the changes. Whilst you are still trying to figure out the latest gadget, an improved version is already on the market. We as parents might not be able to join in the latest fad, but we can make a conscious effort to educate ourselves about our children's world. Leave a lot of room for learning; do not base your judgements on what you have learnt in the past. Explore the new world that is forming before your very eyes. Read books, surf the net for information, attend seminars, conferences and wherever you can gain information to make your job as a parent just a bit easier. Knowing your child puts you in an advantageous position to support them through their formative years.
If you want to develop a close bond with your child, then you need to explore their world. This does not mean to start dressing up like them, playing with their toys or using their peculiar language, but know what governs their thinking. Take time out to understand your child's personality, it will help you understand them and get along even better. Rather than worry about their peculiarities, it helps you channel your energy into the best practices to help them through life.
So the next time your child asks you a question, think of your answer. Do you want your child to learn from you or from complete strangers who communicate with them through various multimedia channels?