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The value of mentorship for children

We know that children are impressionable, and model the behaviour they see from others around them, including parents, teachers, and their peers. As parents and educators, we try to demonstrate the best behaviour we can, while finding teachable moments in everyday life. Having role models outside of a child’s family unit is important, as diverse relationships with people from different backgrounds are beneficial to a child’s development. Mentoring is a way to connect young people with others who can guide, support, challenge, and encourage them. Though mentorship is primarily associated with career development in adults, there is benefit in establishing mentorship relationships in children too.

We have compiled five compelling reasons to get your children involved in mentorship, which can support their growth and development, and lead to greater confidence. Read on to learn more about the power of mentorship for children.

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Learning with fun

While popular slogans like ‘no pain, no gain’ and ‘genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration’ have some merit, there’s a danger they’ll send any kind of fun straight to the frivolous bin. And there’s a big problem with that, because fun is every child’s friend when it comes to learning.

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Benefits of STEM education for girls

There are no gender specifications when it comes to STEM education. In fact, there is a misconception around stereotypes and cultural norms, which can dampen girls’ interest in STEM pathways. If you have a young daughter, you may have been exposed to the industry-driven demand for more female roles and minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM). STEM education has many benefits for girls, from building confidence in their STEM skills and abilities, to developing problem-solving and thinking skills. Read on to discover three benefits of STEM education for girls.

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Helping kids stay on track with learning

Keeping children on track with learning can be a challenge to many parents. Staying on track is important because children can lose confidence, affecting their education in all areas if they are behind in one subject. Assessing where they are at regularly, catching up on gaps, creating purpose and goals around their learning, embracing connection, and using technology to support more exciting learning can all be helpful tools.

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Keeping Kids Motivated

Watching children learn and grow is one of the greatest gifts of being a parent or educator. From first steps to graduations, there are many milestones that we celebrate in children’s lives. Each of these achievements is preceded by consistent effort and persistence. Sometimes that effort is easeful, and their motivation is intrinsic, as children are eager to learn and keep up with siblings and classmates. Other times, keeping kids on track and motivated to achieve their goals takes external motivation, and guidance from parents, teachers and tutors. Read on to discover four strategies for keeping children motivated, focused, and on track with their learning goals.

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