As a parent, of course, you want to help your child to outstand and achieve whole-person development.
But what does whole-person development mean? What areas should you pay attention to?
ILK has collected and broken down 8 quotients for measuring children's development for you with training tips. This article is going to be your 'bible" in children's education!
When looking back on his successful life, Jack Ma, President of Alibaba, specifically mentioned the great influence of "Love Quotient" on him: "Loving Quotient is a business of great love, and it is love for the future, society, and people."
As mentioned by Ma, the love quotient includes a child's love, sympathy and emotion for people and things in the world. Children with a higher level of love quotient tend to be more sensitive to emotions and more empathetic. It is not difficult to imagine that children with the above characteristics have better interpersonal relationships, can be respected by others, and have a more harmonious and happy family.
With the continuous advancement of technology and the imminent threat of artificial intelligence (AI), the heart of love is even more important. Love and emotion are the only competitive advantage of humans when compared to robots, and they are especially important in creative work, roles that require communication, and the study of psychology. Only by cultivating children's ability to look at all things in life with love can keep them ahead in the mechanized society.
Like other quotients, LQ can be easily trained. Among them, volunteering is the best way to let children get used to proactively caring for their surroundings.
Many articles and courses out there focus on the importance of financial education for children, to urge parents to teach their children how to save and spend the right way as early as possible.
But do you really understand what "financial education" means?
Financial Quotient (FQ) is a person's ability to acquire and manage wealth by understanding how money works, including knowledge of stocks and investments. A higher FQ also indicates that they have stronger numerical and analytical skills, which are reflected in Math grades or STEM subjects.
To put it simply, financial education is an important practice for children to learn to spend and make money, which teaches skills that last a lifetime. In addition to teaching superficial knowledge such as savings and financial knowledge, good financial education actually focuses on cultivating children's financial management values, which is the foundation for them to become future decision-makers. By learning to distinguish between "needs" and "wants", gradually formulating goals and plans, and broadening market horizons, children will gradually learn to avoid being influenced by their peers and strive to achieve their dreams.
Emotional Quotient (EQ), is an index of self-emotional control ability, which measure the following aspects:
When it comes to children's education, higher emotional intelligence can help children deal with and resolve conflicts, relieve stress, improve communication and understand others. All are elements of a happy life. Numerous studies have shown that art is particularly helpful for nurturing children's EQ.
By learning different cultures through arts, children will learn to listen to and appreciate the things around them in another way and re-evaluate the world. In terms of expression, art allows children to use new media to tell stories. It is a form of positive expression of emotions, rather than negative expressions such as tantrums or loud noises, and can develop into a lifelong interest.
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Health Quotient (HQ) represents a person's attitude towards health. To measure the child's HQ, parents need to pay attention to the following aspects:
physical and mental health
To improve your child's HQ, here are 4 tips for you! :
Replace normal snacks with healthy snacks: avoid deep-fried snacks and eat more natural food such as nuts and dried fruits with less salt and less sugar
Continuous exercise per week: at least 3 days, at least 20 minutes at a time
Be outdoors and breathe fresh air: Hong Kong people have a lot of cars, and children sit in front of the computer every day. They often suffer from "urban diseases" such as myopia, nasal allergy or asthma. Mother nature can help you solve all of them easily!
Eat a variety of foods: The importance of a balanced diet to your child's development goes without saying!
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The intelligence quotient (IQ) is believed to be the most familiar one among the 8 quotients that parents are familiar with!
IQ is the standard used to measure "wisdom" in the world, including a person's observation, memory, thinking, imagination, creativity, analysis and problem-solving ability. To boost this quotient, parents can:
Provides the right nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids: easily found in foods such as salmon, flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts
Create a multilingual environment: Research confirms a strong link between high IQ and language skills
Allow hands-on play and learning: "hands-on" games such as building LEGO and jigsaw puzzles are very effective for STEM learning and the knowledge proves to stick
Logic games: Parents can also consider letting their children spend time on Sudoku, chess and other games to build logical thinking
Stimulate the brain with art to encourage creativity: words and images, music, stimulate different parts of the brain. Art promotes the development of the right brain and affects the development of memory and imagination.
Related Blog: The 10 Best Ways to Boost your Child’s IQ
It is said that IQ may be innate, but perseverance can be cultivated by everyone.
Children with a high will quotient (WQ) have determination, perseverance, direction, and a sense of purpose. They tend to be highly conscious, have a strong sense of responsibility, belief and self-control, and have a very complete worldview.
Group activities are of great help in cultivating children's will quotient. The author especially recommends activities involving physical fitness, such as ball games, scouting and swimming team training, and at the same time, improves the health quotient! Parents can also teach their children the habit of setting goals as early as possible. Every time your child wants to give up, encourage him or her to try a little more. Following the latest teaching method at the University of California in Long Beach, allows children to face more struggles and risks in their learning, rather than smooth sailing to get the right answer.
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If your child:
like to paint on the walls and showcase his/her "own universe"
likes to pile up sand and solve problems
often makes you laugh and cry, and express opinions boldly
He or she may have a higher Creative Quotient (CQ) than everyone else!
CQ reflects children's ability to innovate, create and express, and reflects the way they see the world.
As we grow older, we will be led by traditional educational models and the standards of society. If the child grows up being not understood but denied. This will make individuals lose the ability to push boundaries and get used to following the mindset of the masses. We should let children boldly think outside the box, and let them express their ideas more confidently when solving problems and thinking.
This quotient reflects the child's ability to deal with setbacks. It is up to the child to reflect on, learn from, and turn it into positive inspiration. However, if children are criticized, beaten, or face setbacks for a long time, they are likely to feel helpless and that progressively lowers their adversity quotient.
American business consultant and research scholar Dr. Paul Stoltz has researched and summarized a set of training methods called "LEAD" to improve AQ:
L - Listen: Listen regularly to your child's inner voice and opinions to understand what they truly need
E - Explore: Exploring the causes of difficulties and finding Solutions
A - Analyse: Analyse the problem at hand to remove obstacles
D - Do: Encourage children to face difficulties from a new perspective and start again
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In order for children to achieve whole-person development, physical and mental education is indispensable!
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