OLD TIME STO­RIES

The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION - with Arthur Yeo

What about get­ting stuck with the older fam­ily mem­ber at a party, or fu­neral, or fam­ily gath­er­ing of some sort and they start in with their sto­ries. You know what’s com­ing and you know you have to just sit there and lis­ten even though you have heard them many times be­fore. My eldest brother has been vis­it­ing us re­cently and we have had that ex­pe­ri­ence with him, ex­cept, it has been very in­ter­est­ing and wel­comed. He has told us sto­ries of fam­ily mat­ters that were funny, sad and down­right un­be­liev­able. It’s been in­ter­est­ing be­cause it co­in­cides with Carol’s (my wife) study into our fam­ily tree. I un­der­es­ti­mated what sort of pos­i­tive im­pact the in­for­ma­tion she un­cov­ered would have on me. It gave me a much stronger sense of who I am and how I ‘fit in’ to this life.. I ap­proach each day with con­fi­dence that I am car­ry­ing on a tra­di­tion of the Pres­by­te­rian work ethic, per­pe­trat­ing my fore­bears’ strong char­ac­ter traits and shar­ing these im­por­tant val­ues with my own chil­dren. In my vo­ca­tion I cre­ate and share con­fi­dence with chil­dren when they come for tu­ition. Most chil­dren love learn­ing when they are suc­cess­ful be­cause it val­i­dates their ex­pe­ri­ence and makes them feel good. From that, their learn­ing con­fi­dence grows and they feel like they can try more dif­fi­cult things. When a child gets on a learn­ing groove, they can take knock backs much more sus­tain­ably and bounce back. In­stead of cur­ing their lip and back­ing off, they try to fig­ure out what went wrong then get back into it. Learn­ing re­silience comes from learn­ing con­fi­dence and that is the cur­rency I trade in. I love it. If you would like to help your child’s learn­ing con­fi­dence grow,

call me on 354 3211.

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