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From Zelna's desk
Zeal for the New Year means to tackle the new year ahead by leaving behind past obstacles and charting a map to move forward based on the lessons learnt. This is a perfect time for you to discuss achievements over the past year with your child and to look at further ways of enhancing or maintaining these achievements.
With all the hustle and bustle of the new school year, sometimes it is easy for goals to fall by the wayside. In order for your child to achieve their true potential, it is important for them to maintain focus on what THEY want for themselves. Be careful of falling into the trap of deciding what YOU think your child’s goals should be. Never ever comment that your child’s goal is silly or unattainable. Rather assist them in re-focusing their goal to make it attainable. Assist your child in outlining all the steps to achieve their goal. Each step needs to be broken down into small manageable tasks that your child is able to comfortably accomplish. If there are any obstacles or blocks to achieving this goal, help your child to formulate a new plan of action. It is important to commit to an approximate deadline for achieving the goal. It is best for your child to see small successes by working towards weekly or monthly goals otherwise they may become frustrated and give up. An important part of goal-setting is to have a vision of the bigger picture of what is to be achieved. For example if your child wants to be a professional skateboarder, they must begin with practicing on a daily basis; learn specific tricks, experiment, take lessons, read books on professional skateboarders. Their steps cannot simple include playing video games of professional skateboarding and experiment the moves on the weekend. They need to look into all the aspects of a professional skateboarder. Your child may experience obstacles for instance, you as a parent may not have the finances for skate-boarding lessons, but they must problem solve how to get the money or other ways of learning how to skateboard.. The professional skateboarder has years of practice and hard work, it is ideal that your child has smaller goals that are attainable in weeks, and months.
A "Vision" board is used as a leadership tool to help children develop the skills necessary to provide direction and purpose for the future based on a specific set of values. For school age children, their own Vision board reflects their hopes and dreams for the future no matter what or where they may be at that given moment. When they are young they will change their minds often – and this means changing their vision boards often too. As they get older they will understand that they are actually creating a plan for their future and that they are in-control.
Why not enrol your child in our ZEAL FOR THE NEW workshop at one of our branches countrywide! Suitable for all ages. Investment fee of R400 includes lunch, refreshments, vision board and all workshops and materials.