Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do.
Last week, I was privileged to teach about multiple intelligences at the Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville, SC. Hundreds of parents were encouraged to look at their children differently. I loved watching their reactions to this refreshing truth.
One mom shared with me that she arrived at the convention the day before assuming her son had a learning disability. She thanked me several times for helping her develop a healthier perspective about her son. What a privilege for me!
This week, this mom and hundreds of other parents are charged with the task of helping their children believe they’re smart in different ways. When children believe they’re smart, they’ll behave like they are!
Two weeks ago, we looked at affirmations for the word, logic, and picture smarts. Today, we’ll look at ways of affirming three more smarts. Complimenting their specific use encourages and empowers children to believe they are smart.
Compliments might sound like this:
- Music smart: “Not only do you carry a tune well, but you sang the lyrics with passion and understanding. You also appear confident when singing. You’re the total package and definitely very music smart.”
- Music smart: “You have a tremendous variety of music on your iPod. It’s because you’re music smart that you’re interested in so many different styles and groups. I’m glad for you.”
- Body smart: “I know you want to move often. Maybe even all the time, right?! It’s because you’re body smart and you think by moving and through touch. You’ll do best in school and finishing your homework when you learn to move in ways that satisfy you without bothering the other kids. Would now be a good time for me to suggest some?”
- Body smart: “You’re so body smart! I’ve noticed you’re good with your whole body – you can kick the ball with both feet and jump up and down the steps without ever falling. And, you’re good with the small muscles, too. That’s why you have good hand writing and why you can help out in the kitchen without dropping or spilling things. I’m impressed!”
- Nature smart: “I think the reason you’re more interested in this week’s science class is because it’s about animals. This is just more evidence that you are nature smart. Because you naturally think with patterns, you’re good at studying plants, animals, and rocks like in this week’s lessons.”
- Nature smart: “I’ve noticed how easy it is for you to compare and categorize ideas and things. It’s because you’re nature smart. Your brain naturally thinks with patterns. I think this is also why you collect stamps and shells. You easily see differences and similarities. It’s great!”
Your specific compliments are a powerful teaching tool. Tell your children how they are smart this week. These affirmations will positively affect them.
- How Can We Help Children and Teens Use Their Smarts? (Part 1 … Word Smart, Logic Smart, Picture Smart.)
- How Can We Help Children and Teens Use Their Smarts? (Part 2 … Music Smart, Body Smart, Nature Smart.)
- How Can We Help Children and Teens Use Their Smarts? (Part 3 … People Smart, Self Smart)
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