What is the importance of an early childhood success program? What is a good success program for kids? When should my child start a success program? Can’t I just wait and let my child make up his or her mind?
These are questions we answer every day, at our wellness center in North Providence, RI. In relation to early childhood development, we have Yoga and martial arts programs for structure, focusing, goal setting, and many more life skills. As you can imagine, there are a variety of options. Let’s address each one, and you can design a plan that fits your family’s needs.
What is the importance of an early childhood success program?
There is no shortage of stimuli for young children, but the true value of what takes up most of their time is debatable, at best. You want to instill ambition, success, and valuable life skills, as early as possible. Therefore, the Xbox, Sony Play Station, and the television, have little value unless they are strictly regulated. In some cases, these forms of entertainment are robbing children of their childhood.
Television can be a very valuable learning tool, with the many educational programs to choose from. However, much like Internet access, television program selection, for children, has to be supervised. There are also many junk programs that teach our children disrespect, poor social skills, vulgar language, and unacceptable behavior. During the early formative years, children need to avoid learning any of this, and build a solid foundation.
Back to success programs: Not all programs are created equally, and some are better for older children. For example: Some children in the three to five years of age bracket will be overwhelmed by learning complicated physical and mental skills. The object is to find a compassionate, understanding, competent, and qualified instructor for your child.
This is someone who designed the program you choose into a fun activity. Overly competitive coaches, teachers, and programs often cause burnout with most kids. The very competitive child may thrive in this atmosphere, as long as his or her physical or mental health is not put at risk.
Therefore, look for an activity or program where your child will flourish and develop a string of successful achievements. This will enhance ambition and instill self-confidence. Ultimately, your child will be prepared for the world and will be armed with a valuable skill set for life.
© Copyright 2005 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications
Paul Jerard is the director of Yoga teacher training at Aura in RI. He’s a master instructor of martial arts and Yoga. He teaches Yoga, martial arts, and fitness. He wrote: Is Running a Yoga Business Right for You? For Yoga students wanting to be a Yoga teacher.