“It is vital that when educating our children’s brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts.” – Dalai Lama
Right brain education is first and foremost education of the heart. Shichida believed that before you can enrich the mind, you must first connect with your child’s heart because children need love to learn. This is the most important element of right brain education. Right Brain Kids summed it up best with their mottos: “relationship first” and “hug, play, learn”.
Aside from the 8 Second Hug and the Echo Method, Shichida also discusses 6 principles that should be intrinsic elements of every parent’s daily life in his book, “Children Can Change Through Right Brain Education”. These 6 ways to view children will help them relax and grow up with a loving heart:
- Do not acknowledge your child’s shortcomings. Find and praise his strong points.
- Do not regard his current phase as a finished one. Believe he will continuously improve.
- Do not be a perfectionist. Try to remember that it is OK not to be perfect and it is OK not to be able to do certain things right away.
- Do not compare. Remember your child is growing at his own pace.
- Do not consider academic achievements as most important. Recognise and praise your child’s efforts, even if he or she receives bad grades.
- Learn to see your child as perfect, just as he or she is. Do not evaluate your child negatively. Accept your child’s current condition as is.
When you follow these principles, you will find your child changing rapidly as his heart opens up. Not only will he learn to be kind to others, but he will also develop remarkable abilities.