Confident, Creative, and Curious Kids: It’s common for people to conclude that it’s the special advantages which have contributed to an individual’s success or fame. But, that assumption may not be that far fetched. Orville Wright, one of the famous Wright brothers is a shining example. From the outside lookng in, the inventors of the airplane didn’t have any special advantages. BUT, when asked about the key to success and fame, Oliver emphatically said, “to say we had no special advantages …the greatest thing in our favor was growing up in a family where there was always much encouragement to intellectual curiosity.”
Curiosity and Happiness are Intertwined?
Curiosity can be defined as “the recognition, pursuit, and intense desire to explore, novel, challenging, and uncertain events.” Curiosity is also a key component for our personal happiness. After all, that is what people around the world are striving for—happiness.
According to a 2007 survey by Perspectives on Psychological Sciences, participated by over 10,000 people from 48 countries, it’s been revealed the vast majority want “to be happy.” The report also unveiled that for most people happiness was most important in their lives than intelligence, knowledge, success, relationships, wealth, wisdom, and meaning in life.
When it comes to happiness we often overlook how curiosity can be one of the most reliable factors for happiness. If we want to be genuinely happy, we need to cultivate and exercise our innate sense of curiosity. Curiosity is all about having a spontaneous and genuine interest to learn more about something. This invokes us to get ourselves from our comfort zone and open up to unfamiliar experiences, which paves the way for better opportunities, discoveries, and greater happiness.
We want our kids to be confident now and when they become adults. For that to happen, we need to foster curiosity in their early childhood.
Curiosity Can Be Nurtured and Developed
We want our kids to be confident now and when they become adults. For that to happen, we need to foster curiosity in their early childhood. If children aren’t curious or interested to know about things they aren’t familiar with, how are they going to solve their problems in their adulthood? It doesn’t matter how much you spent on your kid’s university tuition, if he or she lacks curiosity, he or she won’t excel academically. But, most importantly, curiosity will help kids to become strong, confident individuals.
Fortunately, unlike some other qualities, curiosity is something that can be developed with practice. Kids can be nurtured to become curious by transforming their routine tasks into experiences that are interesting and enjoyable. You can harness the power of curiosity in kids by intentionally creating wonder, making mundane tasks, situation or interactions intriguing.
Ways to Encourage Curious Kids:
Parents often get annoyed when their kids ask questions. But, it’s a good sign. If children are curious about something and get their questions answered, they tend to expand and dig deeper into that subject they are curious about. Making children learn stuff they aren’t interested or have no intention of learning will make them forget it. So, encourage them to be curious and ask questions whenever possible.
Communication is Key
Your kid won’t be able to harness his curiosity if he fails to effectively communicate his expressions, words, and actions. In these circumstances, you need to pay attention. Remember, there is no right or wrong question. Your child can ask you anything. The important thing is to focus on the communication. This will increase his curiosity as well as his self-esteem and confidence. Furthermore, it will also help you as a parent to understand what your kids are really curious or interested in.
For your kids to grow up as creative and curious individuals, it is imperative that you cultivate a free, jovial, broad-minded family environment.
Create an Open-Minded Environment
Remember, children are extremely impressionable. They’re also highly observant and perceptive about the environment they grow up in. If your family environment is narrow-minded and exudes negativity, it kills the curiosity of the child and inhibits proper emotional and mental growth. For your kids to grow up as creative and curious individuals, it is imperative that you cultivate a free, jovial, broad-minded family environment.
Appreciate Your Kids
Humans covet validation. They want to be appreciated. When your child gets dressed by himself for his classmate birthday party or when he/she does something nice for the first time on their own, accept it, respect it, and most importantly appreciate it. This simple gesture will boost his confidence and creative thoughts.
Allow Kids to Makes Mistakes
We, adults, make mistakes. So, what’s the problem if your child makes a huge blunder? Let them make mistakes. It demonstrates that your kid is trying to find a solution so that he or she doesn’t repeat the same mistake again. Therefore, let them make mistakes while trying to figure out why it happened. Often times, it;s in teh mistakes that we learn the most.