By teaching children to be persistent, we provide them with a value, an image that enables them to understand the importance of continuous effort. Thus, they will know that it is not necessary to bow to the difficulties and to be satisfied with the simplest. This vital tool is acquired with example, but also through games, such as the one known as the Batman effect. It is a simple and stimulating technique that arouses persistence and willpower.
We must admit that it is not easy to transmit to a child this mental and emotional force implying to give continuity to an effort, to a personal project in order to achieve a goal. How to do it ? The majority of our little ones have at their disposal this fascinating world enclosed in digital devices. It allows them to get instant gratification, an easy loophole through which they can run away when they are bored, angry, or need specific information.
It can often be seen in classrooms that a large part of primary school children have increasingly short attention spans. In addition, they have less patience, less tolerance for frustration, and poorer emotional management. It is not a question of blaming new technologies, but of understanding that in terms of education; there are certain priorities.
One of them is to teach our children to be motivated for the achievement, the perseverance of those who do not let themselves be carried away by what is comfortable to give birth little by little to more capable, happier people. and more proactive in the future.
Be persevering, the value that can be learned
A work published in the “ Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies ” has highlighted a point about which it would be interesting to think about. A child’s ability to tolerate frustration in facing a challenge while maintaining motivation for the task not only translates into better academic results, but also a better self-concept and much higher self-esteem.
The majority of us are obsessed with having enrollment children, children who are above average and who are academically successful. We want happy children, toddlers and adolescents with adequate personal and emotional resources to overcome adversities, achieve their own goals and strive for them.
To teach them to be persistent, therefore, we should bear in mind the following points:
- Education for perseverance is learned between 2 and 3 years old. Now is the perfect time for a simple reason: it’s when kids start to be the most independent, eat on their own, go out and put their toys away on their own, tie their shoes, etc.
- If they want to be competent in these first tasks which characterize their daily life, they must take responsibility, be motivated and be able to do them alone. Do not get discouraged after the first attempt.
- During this first stage of the life cycle, between 2 and 3 years old, children begin to build their own sense of reality, to create their first representations of how, according to them, the world is made.
- So, teaching them to be patient to overcome difficulties is normal and usual. Any goal requires motivation and effort to overcome disarray. This will allow them to draw a more productive and satisfying reality in their minds.
What is the Batman effect?
The Batman Effect is a proposal for teaching children to be persistent that was published in the journal Child Development . In this work, parents and educators were invited to provide an inspiring role model for children to emulate. It could be Batman, Dora the Explorer or one of the last Disney characters for example.
The Batman effect technique is recommended for children between 2 and 4 years old and the steps to follow are as follows:
- Whenever children are faced with a difficult task: tie shoes, do a puzzle, tidy their room, eat alone, dress alone… They are invited to be a character: “Now you are Batman and Batman n don’t give up when he’s doing something. I’m sure you will do it as well as him. “
- It is therefore necessary that each of the tasks that the child must face be overcome independently, without help. If at some point, the child gets bored and gives up, we give him a little motivation “How are you Batman?” “. Instead of calling the child by his first name, we call him with the name of the fictional character in order to provide him with motivation and to encourage him not to give up.
In general, this type of game motivates children to go beyond their possibilities, to develop adequate perseverance, to discover that each effort brings with it progress and therefore the discovery of personal satisfaction. Little by little, children will realize that they are genuine heroes and that with good habits, motivation and self-confidence, there is no limit on the horizon.