5 Traits Your Child Can't Learn from Textbooks or Online Curriculum
Our children can learn a lot of things from textbooks and online curriculum but there are some intangible things that cannot be learned through typical schooling. Often, it’s intangible traits or characteristics in our children that determine whether or not the will succeed. This list is by no means exhaustive but it’s a good start when considering what we want to encourage in our children. Grit Determination, or grit, will sometimes differentiate your child from others. In sports and other activities, sometimes the person with the most grit gets the best results. Cooperation Although we hear a lot about “self-made” men and women, there really isn’t anyone who did it all themselves. Look beyond the facade and you’ll see many times when that person needed to work with others in order to obtain success. Curiosity People who are curious want to know more about the world and how it works. These are inventors and big thinkers who sometimes challenge the status quo to go on to do remarkable things. Empathy This is one of the hardest things to teach some kids. Most kids are born empathetic and grow out of it but others lack the ability to care for other’s feelings. Adaptability Being able to adapt to situations will help your child go further than someone who is stuck in their ways. Adaptability allows someone to see when something isn’t working and pivot to move towards a solution to a difficult problem. If you enjoyed this episode of The Wired Homeschool, consider supporting the podcast by buying me a coffee. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and more. Music for the podcast is “RetroFuture Clean” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. In some cases, I may have been given a free sample of a product to review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement.