9 Ways to Teach Your Children to Overcome Obstacles
As mothers, we do all we can to help our children succeed. But even the most diligent mom cannot protect her children from every challenge—nor should she. Here are 9 ways to teach your children to overcome obstacles.
1. Play the Part:
Our kids learn a lot by
watching us handle the challenges that come our way. So when we face an obstacle we need to react
with maturity and hope, not with hysterics and defeat.
2. Prepare Their Hearts:
If we plant the seeds of humility and patience in our children’s hearts, they’ll be better prepared to overcome obstacles. They’ll also have a source on which to draw.
3. Paint the Big Picture:
Help your child see their obstacle in light of the big picture. A tough homework assignment is just that, one assignment. Show them how, in the big picture, there will be days that are tough, but there will be many days that are less challenging as well.
4. Prepare by Playing:
Simple things like board games, and even video games, can teach children to face obstacles head on. They also give children the opportunity to strategize without giving up.
5. Practice Makes Easy:
In many cases, obstacles decrease as they are tackled again and again. So a difficult violin piece becomes easier as it is practiced.
6. Problems Can Be Long Lasting:
There are small obstacles—passing a test, and there are big obstacles—living with a chronic disability or stressful situation. If your child has a life-long obstacle, teaching him or her to live with it in a positive and realistic manner is even more important.
7. Prayer Gives Strength:
Let your child know that he or she doesn’t need to go it alone. Teach your child to pray for strength and wisdom in dealing with the obstacles that come their way.
8. Perseverance is Key:
Many obstacles cannot be removed with one big action or decision. Many obstacles must be chipped away bit by bit. And, often, one step up is followed by two steps back. Encourage your child not to give up with things that are tough.
9. Pain Can Make Us Stronger:
Obstacles in the form of defeat can make our children stronger. They can learn to bounce back with new resolve. They can learn that they are tough enough to withstand pain and come out on the other side.
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