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Healthy Habits For Mental Growth

Mental growth is an integral part of a child’s development. The daily habits of a kid greatly influence the mental growth; so adopting habits like exercising, socializing, learning new things, etc. can help him in following the normal graph of growth. It is important to inculcate these habits in children at an early age for their proper growth and development.

Following are some healthy habits that have shown to benefit a kid’s mental growth:

  • Exercising: It is recommended that kids should exercise for 30 to 60 minutes daily for unaltered mental growth. Exercise reduces stress levels, improves the quality of sleep and elevates mood which positively impacts the health of brain which governs mental growth. Also, exercise improves brain tissue health by increasing blood flow to it, decreasing blood pressure and reducing the chances of mental injury caused by cholesterol build up.  
  • A Healthy Diet: A healthy diet prevents cognitive decline. So, include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein from legumes & healthy unsaturated fats in the diet of your kids while avoiding sugar and simple carbs. It is also advised that children should drink ample amount of water daily for better memory, concentration and mental agility.
  • Self-Care And Stress Management: Stress is associated with increased level of a hormone called cortisol. In the long run, high cortisol levels may result in memory problems. So, it is important for children to keep a check on stress by getting appropriate hours of sleep and engaging in stress management activities like meditation or yoga. Going for a stroll with a pet, reading a book or magazine, deep breathing exercises, etc. can also help.
  • Learning: Learning new skills, language or art stimulate the mind which improves the thinking skills. Such classes or clubs are also a good platform for socializing and building interactions. It helps children in forming an emotional bond with their peers as they help each other in the process of learning. Socializing and companionship establish emotional well-being among kids which is pivotal for the mental growth.
  • Play Challenging Games: Motivate children to play games such as Sudoku, chess, scrabble, crosswords, puzzles and video games that boost mental health significantly. Research shows that kids who play mentally stimulating games regularly show signs of higher memory retention. These games improve concentration, adaptation to new situations and task-switching abilities.
We, at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas, offer a wide range of programs to promote healthy lifestyle among kids aged between 6-18 years. To enroll your child at the club, call at (254) 699 –5808 or visit 304 W Ave B, Killeen, TX – 76541.

Boosting A Kid's Communication Skills

Good communication skills are vital for a child to socialize and feel connected to the world. The first few years in a child’s life is an important period as it lays the foundation for learning these skills. However, like any other skill, it takes time and practice to develop communication skills.

Here are a few tips on how to help your child learn and excel at communication skills:

  • Listen To Your Child: It is important to listen patiently when your child talks, without interrupting to correct or question. Also, children usually need few seconds to understand a question and process their thoughts. So, refrain from immediately helping your child with the answers. 
  • Ask Open-Ended Questions: Research shows that asking open-ended questions develops creative thinking and encourages kids to use more than one word to answer. This approach helps them enrich their vocabulary over time.
  • Encourage Reading: Rich vocabulary is an intrinsic part of good communication. To broaden your child’s vocabulary, encourage him to read a lot of story books, magazines, newspapers and so on. The more a child reads, the better his communication skills will be.
  • Be A Good Role-Model: A child’s basic communication skills bud at home and are influenced by the family members around him. So, be conscious of the way you interact with your child and other family members. Be a role model to teach your child how to speak respectfully, be a good listener, complete sentences, articulate words clearly and use correct grammar.
  • Play Communication Games: Play interactive games to introduce your child to various aspects of communication such as facial expressions, tonal variation, body language, gestures and so on. Games are a good way of developing verbal and non-verbal skills in a relaxed environment without the pressure of being perfect.
  • Create The Right Environment: Background noises like sound from the television and mobile devices can disrupt the communication. So, make the environment conducive by turning off all unnecessary sounds when communicating with your child and focus on the activity at hand e.g. reading a book, story narration, playing a game, etc. 
  • Praise Your Child Often: The judicious use of praise can boost a child’s confidence. Thus, make it a point to occasionally appreciate the way your child talks and expresses his thoughts. Avoid criticizing and blaming the child when he falters, as this may shatter his confidence.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas, offers variety of programs to develop various skills in kids aged 6 to 18 years. To enroll your child at the club, call at (254) 699 –5808 or visit 304 W Ave B, Killeen, TX – 76541. 

Molding Your Child Into A Leader

Leadership, in a child, refers to qualities of honesty, integrity, decision making, being a good listener, control over emotions and so on. Developing leadership qualities contributes greatly towards professional and personal success. Some children are born leaders whereas some require guidance. The process of inculcating leadership qualities in an individual begins during the early years of life; both at home and school with the efforts of parents and teachers. 

Let’s see what it takes to mold a child into a leader:

  • Be A Good Example: Children learn more by observing than by following instructions. Teach them how to be great leaders by being one yourself. Show them it is okay not to be perfect at all times. Practice resiliency and patience and your kids will follow suit. 
  • Participation In Team Activities: Group activities are the perfect platform for teaching valuable life lessons to kids. Sports, a school band, scouting troop, etc. are some team activities that can teach kids how to work in a group.
  • Teach The Art Of Decision Making: You can do this by offering your child alternatives to a situation instead of out rightly accepting or refuting his request. Let your child learn how to choose between two or more options by weighing the pros and cons of each.
  • Encourage Confident Communication: Find opportunities to encourage your child to speak for himself. For example, when at a restaurant, let your child speak to the server’s directly and place his order. This is a powerful exercise for building confidence.
  • Take A Step Back: If your child gets stuck in an obstacle, abstain from jumping in right away to help. Let your child figure out a solution and try to face the challenge without your interference. Leaders learn through experience. 
  • Encourage Reading: Leaders read a lot. They know the power of a good book. Reading expands one’s horizons and teaches children about the world.
  • Avoid Over-Praising: Praise is important for building a child’s self-esteem but too much of it can backfire. Keep your praises for special occasions and let your child strive to be better without getting complacent.
  • Have Regular Family Game Nights: Screen time is becoming a norm in the modern day world. To foster communication and interaction in the family, organize some activities for a special family night once a week. Games are great for such nights as they will teach your children valuable lessons such as learning to lose, respecting rules and applying strategy.
  • Build Project Planning Skills: Planning ahead is an essential leadership skill that is very valuable in goal setting and working towards achieving the goal. From a young age, teach your children how to set goals, visualize them and work towards achieving them. A good place to start is by creating vision boards.
We, at Boys & Girls Clubs Of Central Texas, offer a wide range of leadership programs for kids aged 6 to 18 years. To enroll your child at the club, call at (254) 699 –5808 or visit 304 W Ave B, Killeen, TX – 76541.