If we don’t channel children’s energies into productive arenas, we can’t expect to create very many brilliant minds for the future. Children these days have no lack of confidence about the things they know AND don’t know. But, if we want to raise emerging leaders, we need to equip them with tools that they are not schooled in.


That’s where soft skills like these come in: 

  • Empathy
  • Integrity
  • Self esteem
  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Emotional Intelligence


What they are exposed at school: 

  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Culture and Ways of the world
  • Creativity


How can we start?  

Ask your children about the interesting things they’ve learnt navigating the world this week. Bring up a topic of current affairs. Ask them to talk to their friends from different backgrounds to understand their cultural perspectives. And then put those encounters into a social context for them and they will turn out to be life long lessons. Lessons taught like this are never forgotten, unlike the ones learnt in school.


What are lessons that last a life time? 

  • Impart lessons of empathy to make children effective leaders.
  • Teach public speaking skills by encouraging their ideas.
  • Ideas are essentially fragments of their personality that they want to share with the world.
  • Teach children conscious consumption of information. We are living dangerously in an information overload era.
  • Teach them the importance of listening before speaking.
  • Give them tools for effective communication. 
  • Time is life. Let them understand that time is their personal networth.
  • Integrity is a quality of a person when he does the right thing even when no one’s looking.
  • Personal accountability is a quality of being accountable to yourself with self imposed deadlines and deliverables that promotes positive personal growth.

Recommended Listening:  

On living a life of purpose: How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek

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About The Article Author:

Our mission with FutureSTRONG Academy – to grow children who respect themselves, their time and their capabilities in a world where distractions are just a click or a swipe away.

I see myself as an advocate for bringing social, emotional and character development to families, schools and communities. I never want to let this idea out of my sight – Our children are not just GPAs. I’m a Writer and a Certified Master Coach in NLP and CBT. Until 2017, I was also a Big Data Scientist. In December of 2044, I hope to win the Nobel. Namasté

Write to me or call me. Tell me what support from me looks like. 

Rachana Nadella-Somayajula,
Program Director & Essential Life Skills Coach for Kids and Busy Parents

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