the biggest irony of being a parent is that, while it’s human nature to want to feel needed, if we’re doing our job as a mother or father, we have to empower our kids. Modern life is so busy and this leads many overwhelmed parents to do everything for their kids to save time. They’ll help them get dressed, tie their shoelaces, make their beds, tidy up their toys at the end of the day, and give them a bit too much help with their homework. We also dis-empower our children when we don’t allow them to make any decisions for themselves, such as which shoes to wear or what to eat for breakfast, and when we don’t allow them to take any risks like climbing the tall play structure at the park. We need to give our kids some control over their lives and let them test their limits – under our watchful eye! – if we want them to develop a strong sense of self-worth.

Learning to empower children isn’t complicated. It really takes the same effort that you apply to any goal with enthusiasm, dedication and a willingness to “set aside” your preconceived ideas, projections and personal baggage. A child so wholeheartedly wants to believe his or her dreams can come true. So it is up to us, the adults, to facilitate this process.

By better understanding our own brain profile, strengths and weaknesses, we can adapt our lessons to reach all of our students.