The Importance of Parental Involvement
While doing research with the Harvard Preschool Project, we noticed that one of the characteristics associated with children who were destined for success in school and in life was what we called “healthy pride in achievement.” It wasn’t that these kids would brag about what they did, but simply that they demonstrated immense personal delight in their accomplishments.
And we discovered that, although this started to appear during the first year or so, it was not “natural.” When learning to crawl, walk, climb, and perform various other physical feats, all children experienced struggle followed by success. But not all developed that healthy pride in achievement. What made the difference was what we labeled the “bonkers” factor.
We noticed that if a child’s parents were present during the struggle, they typically went “bonkers” when the child succeeded. They smiled, clapped, cheered, and otherwise showed their enormous pleasure and pride. Their reaction gradually was internalized by the child, and eventually it was common to see the child do something difficult, like climb onto the couch by herself, then turn around, grin, and give herself a nice round of applause.
So keep in mind that you, the parent, are an extraordinarily important part of your child’s educational experience at Romp n’ Roll. While the instructors, equipment, and activities will provide your child with appropriate challenges, no one will be able to supply the “bonkers” factor more effectively than you.