“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” -Napoleon Hill
Persistence. A skill all parents try to have, but are not able to. In some cases due to sleep deprivation, in others due to having time or other constraints. But that does not stop parents from wanting to teach their children to have and hone this vital skill. Parents lecture them endlessly on setting goals and achieving them no matter what hurdles they face blah, blah, blah, while they are probably thinking of how they can escape and go hang out with their friends. Persistence plays a great role in determining whether a child will consistently follow through and get positive outcomes from their actions, even when things get tough.
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Billy Ocean (Yes, I’m singing it too as I type this)
In a study that we conducted that looked at children’s (aged 10-13 years) ability to follow rules, we found that 75% of the children were persistent in following rules of engagement while doing any task.
Why is it important to be persistent?
- Persistence means to remain firm or obstinate in the continuance of a course of action in spite of difficulty or oppression.
- It means to abide by something strictly in the face of any difficulty.
- In order to successfully complete a task, the instructions must be followed in their set order.
- The child must not give up or change the order of the rules; otherwise they will fail at completing the task in the optimum manner.
- The ability to continue on in spite of difficulties helps one in achieving their goals, which in turn greatly improves one’s academic performance.
What happens if your child is not persistent?
- They are unable to carry out tasks efficiently.
- They cannot achieve their goals and hamper their academic growth.
- They lag behind their peers who are able to achieve goals.
- They are not able to set achievable goals.
- They waste a lot of time and energy trying to get things done without a set order.
How can you help your child?
You can help your child by planning fun and interesting activities that will help them learn to persevere till the given task is successfully completed. It is essential to be supportive and encouraging.