How parents can inspire their children to like maths

This Monday, I run into a friend whose children are in the American School. One of the things we talked about is how her daughter (who is the same year as mine at Y3) does not have to study time-tables, or sit timed tests or be allocated into the ability set in her class. The school focuses rather on maths fluency.

That got me curious. Why the system are different and which one works better?

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Raising an introvert child in an extrovert society.

Our society has placed extroverts as a golden standard: parents, school and employers expect a child/a person to be outgoing, confident and sociable.  Contributing to the discussions, taking an initiative, competitiveness and be good at public speaking seem to be a must for a bright future. 

What if your child is an introvert and does not like to be in the centre of public attention, prefers to have a deeper relationship with a smaller group of friends and occasionally needs to recharge the energy level by being on his/her own?

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Teaching your child to say “No”

As a mother of 8 and 10 years old children in London, I am more and more thinking how to teach children to say “No”.

I am doing my best to teach my children to make the right choices in life but it is very hard to confront peer pressure.  I am not sure if my children will be strong enough to say “no” to watching a movie during a sleep-over that would give them nightmares, or “no” to watching a disturbing video on YouTube during a play-date, or “no” to drugs when they are older.  It will be even a harder challenge to tell “no” to adults, when things do not feel right (confronting an attempt of emotional, physical or sexual abuse).

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How to teach children to take risks and encourage failures

Looking at an adult life, I find most of the stress is coming from a fear to disappoint other people. I would love my children to grow up differently and understand what makes them happy and be OK with making mistakes while they are trying to sort it out. Unfortunately, most of the schools do not encourage making mistakes. So we have to do more work at home as parents to teach children to take risks and celebrate failures as a part of growing up and building self-knowledge and resilience.  Below are my three suggestions for parents on how to encourage children to take risks and be OK with mistakes.

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How to support a world-class achiever in your child

As any parent, I want my children to do their best in whatever life they choose for themselves.  But how do we recognise the talent in our children and how do we support its growth? As an inspiration we should look how it works for the real superstars such as world renown athletes/artists/inventors. As Norman Vincent Peale said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."

So how one lives the dream and fulfils their potential? Read more and listen to the interview with a real rising star.

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Five steps to help financial education of your children.

As a parent, I keep asking myself what skills would matter for my children when they approach the job market in 15-20 years? With more and more jobs being outsourced to AI (not only manual but more intellectual ones), everybody knows the skill set is changing. There are a lot of discussions about problem solving, social/communication skills, ability to adapt to changes etc. But I wanted to look at the questions from a different point of view. I want to teach my children financial independence not matter what the job market is going to look like..

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Tips on How to Develop Study Skills

Some children are naturally tidy, organised with their homework and find it easy to remember things.  Others are not like that. And in my case, my children sometimes surprise me by their independence and organisational skills and sometime drive me crazy with messiness and lack of desire to study.

So I decided to look into what a parent can do to make the child better at their learning and organisational skills.

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