“Mentally Wealthy” – have you ever heard of such a thing? Well, we all have mental wealth, some more than others. What is mental wealth?
Let’s begin with “wealth” defined, which is, “An abundance of valuable resources or possessions or the control of such assets.” You might ask how does this definition of wealth apply to our mental state and how do we assist our children in becoming mentally wealthy? Yes, the obvious answer is that our children go to school and learn, but there’s more. Let’s talk about some other ways to assist our children in becoming mentally wealthy.
- Crossword Puzzles – These are so enjoyable. When was the last time you saw your child work on a crossword puzzle? Encourage him or her to create their own as well. Here is a free online tool that children can use to create their own crossword puzzles, visit Crosswordpuzzlegames.com. Read up on the benefits of doing crossword puzzles, visit Mamiverse.com.
- More Brain Delights – What’s this? It’s software, games and other mental exercises that will stimulate your child’s mind and add to his or her mental bank account. My young family members were introduced to software that assisted them with math and vocabulary since some of them were a little lacking in this particular mental asset. Because of the software we saw an increase in their math, spelling, and science grades. My young family members also enjoy visiting websites like Factmonster.com to add to their mental wealth. Also visit these websites, Fitbrains.com and Wordsmart.com.
- Memorization – If any of you went to Sunday school do you remember when you had to memorize a Bible verse every week? Check out these 10 Benefits of Memorization. Memorization not only adds to a child’s mental wealth, but it exercises the brain.
- Virtual Tours – This is a wonderful money saver because you don’t have to leave home. Do you know that there are video tours online of factories, manufacturing facilities, and wildlife adventures? Assist your child in adding to their mental wealth by taking him or her on some virtual tours. Visit YouTube and start exploring.
- Audible Books for Children – Ok, Mom and Dad, if you can’t get your child to pick up a book then try to get him or her to listen to one. Audio books give a child the opportunity to use their imagination and to create a visual of the characters he or she hears about in the audible books.
- FREE College Lectures – Yes, there are FREE lectures from top colleges and universities thus giving your child an opportunity to learn from professors at Villanova, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, and many more. Visit:
- IXL – This website is wonderful! Your child can increase his or her mental wealth in math, social studies, science, language arts, and more! The exercises on this website build on each other therefore the level of difficulty of each increases, and in addition the exercises are so much fun.
- Podcasts – These are wonderful! Check out these iTunes podcasts and websites with podcasts for children.
- Book Club for Kids: This podcast has author interviews and book discussions.
- Brains On!: Kid scientists are featured and answers are given to scientific questions.
- FunKidsLive: Plenty of podcasts, e.g., kid interviews, kids helping one another, and much more.
- Kid Friday: Your child will hear discussions of things technology-based, i.e., apps for children, games, gadgets, as well as news, and current happenings.
- Podcast Kid: James and Jenna are a father-daughter team who discusses books, movies, TV, and games.
- Sparkle Stories: Your child can hear stories about love, respect, and kindness.
- Stories: These podcasts are the retelling of classic stories.
- StoryCub: This podcast is for Pre-schoolers who will enjoy a new picture book episode.
- Storynory: For kids of all ages; your child can listen to poems, fairy tales, and much more.
- Story Time: These stories will assist kids in getting ready for bedtime.
- The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd: This podcast follows the adventures of Dr. Floyd who is the World’s Most Brilliant Scientist who learns about who helped to shape the history of the earth as he tries to defeat his arch-nemesis, Dr. Steve – P.S. Dr. Floyd is fictitious.
- Tumble: Your child will hear stories of science discoveries.
- Become a History Buff – Have your child learn about history, their history, i.e., their ethnicity’s history. Thus learning about their history will help him or her appreciate it. NOTE: learning about their history may be a bit shocking, so be prepared to do some explaining to your child, or partner with your child when learning about their history so he or she won’t be alone if he or she comes across something that is disturbing within their history. If you would like your child to be mentally wealthy consider him or her learning about their history.
- F.R.E.E. should be in every parents’ budget. F.R.E.E. means Finding Real Educational Experiences, which is what every parent should do for their children. Experiences are priceless, and children benefit from experiences and rarely forget a good experience. Educational experiences can include attending a play, an opera, horseback riding, going to museums, attending a lecture, or spending quality time with a favorite person, etc., you get the idea. Finding Real Educational Experiences for their children are what parents must be purposeful about especially those experiences that are life-changing.
Traits of a Mentally Wealthy Child:
- The child is curious and as a result of that curiosity is always looking to learn more.
- Gets bored very easily, and because of the boredom it’s important for parents to recognize it, and to be able to remedy that child’s boredom.
- The child has the ability to hold a sensible conversation with another child or with an adult.
- Because the child is confident in his or her mental wealth they are not afraid to try something new.
- Likes to share their knowledge.
In conclusion, there are a lot more ways to assist our children in becoming mentally wealthy and these are some ways my family uses to add to the mental wealth of our young ones. Children have mental assets and those mental assets are precious. Your child’s mental wealth must be added to and protected. It’s fun and challenging helping your child add to their mental wealth and well worth the rewards.
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