Every parent certainly wants their beloved child to grow to be an independent, intelligent and always optimistic child in living life to get a bright future for a brighter generation.
For that, it is necessary to instill a variety education in children as a provision for them to face a brighter future. However, you know, the academic intelligence that is in children alone is not enough to make them bright successors for the nation. It is very necessary to form a positive character from within children so that they can grow up to be smart children with quality characters.
Often we as parents wonder when is the best time to determine the success and success of someone, especially our children. The right answer, of course, since they were young. Why is that? This has been proven by many experts where they reveal that the age of children from 0 to 6 years of brain development in children develops so rapidly, up to 80%. It is at this age that the child’s brain will absorb and receive various kinds of information without being able to see and differentiate between good and bad. This is where the physical, spiritual and mental development of children will begin to take shape. For this reason, many call this age the golden period of children.
Likewise a study conducted by an expert on Child Development and Behavior from US named Brazelton, he said that in the first months and years of experience in a child’s life will have an impact and be a determinant of whether the child is able to face the obstacles in his life and whether he will be able to show high enthusiasm for learning and succeed in what he does.
So, thus parents should be able to take advantage of this golden period to be able to provide character education in order to form a positive character from within the children. So that they are able to achieve success and success in their future lives.
As human beings who are not free from our mistakes as parents, we often experience things that are wrong in educating children. Even though our goals are good in nurturing and disciplining them, without realizing it, there are many mistakes we often make in applying parenting to them, such as often scolding, hitting, being too stiff and not understanding children well. This is what ultimately makes the parenting styles applied to children not in line with the results we expect. Actually there are several important things that you can apply in this regard educate children in order to build a positive character from within him from an early age. Well, the following points are very important for you to see.
Some things that should be applied in terms of building positive character in children from an early age
Generally, a character will be formed as a result of the understanding he gets from the 3 relationships that every human being must experience, this relationship is called a triangle relationship, namely a relationship with oneself, with the environment and that human relationship with God. Where each result of this relationship will provide understanding and meaning which in the end will become a passion for the child. The way children understand this form of relationship will determine the way they treat their world, which will apply a positive understanding pattern will have an impact on positive treatment and negative understanding will apply negative treatment. For that, we consider several important things in fostering character education in children from an early age:
Build a Positive Understanding in Children From Their Early Age
The first thing that is most important in building positive character in children is by fostering a positive understanding in children, one of which is by giving confidence in children to make decisions for themselves. Help children to direct their own potential, so they will more easily explore what they have. It would not be wise to continue to dictate to children and suppress them directly in order to smooth your hopes on them. By giving children the opportunity to develop and decide for themselves what they want, this will make them feel given space to be themselves.
Remember Children Are Good Copies
What they see is what they imitate, no wonder if the title of child is a good imitator is very attached to them. For that, as parents, we need to set an example and be a good example. It would be unwise to think that our expectations of our children do not coincide with our behavior and character as parents.
When you want your children to have good and positive character in themselves, it is very important to start from within us. Set a good example in everything, this way you will make the children have no other reason to reject and refute the advice you give them.
Teach Children to Socialize with Their Environment
If the scope of the child’s social life is only limited to their home and family, this will certainly result in the child being unable to know and feel social life. It’s just that, the choice of the environment will determine the character formation of children. For this reason, as parents we are required to be smarter in terms of educating and raising them. The more time spent in children’s lives is generally more likely to be spent in their environment and family.
For this reason, being a good guide by giving directions to children about what they can and should not do is an important lesson they should get from you parents. In this way the children will have limits in behaving and interacting with their social environment.
Give Religious Education
This is the last point that is so important, in terms of applying and building character in children first they need to know who their God is, this way a child’s life will have a purpose and believe that what they do is solely not for themselves. but also for their Lord.
In addition, show them how to worship their Lord and how to give thanks. For this, you can provide books, pictures and stories that can inspire those who are of course religious. Or you can also start giving religious education from an early age by introducing them to religious education.
Cultivating and building positive character in children is important to prepare the next generation of a better quality and brighter nation because academic education alone is not enough to make them excellent seeds.