Who doesn’t want to hear they’re awesome?!
For the most part, awesome is in the eyes of the beholder and as parents of visual kids we can see the awesome and appreciate all the special quirks and talents that come with being a visual learner. A creative type, whose room is pile after pile of experiments or projects, who drives us absolutely crazy trying to get out the door on time and who can make a 10 minute homework assignment last all afternoon. While we’re trying to help curb those maddening tendencies; our heart is over the moon for our child. We see how their mind bubbles over with ideas and struggles to resist distractions and follow the simplest set of directions. There are times it can feel like all we do is correct and direct, and not enough time reminding them of all the ways they shine. And as hard as it can be for us at times, the rest of the adults they interact with may not see them through loving eyes and struggle to say what our kids need to hear.
Visual learners have so many unique skills that are not appreciated or they may not even be aware they possess. We are going to give you some ways to compliment and encourage them, so they become aware of their gifts and strengths. And we, as parents and educators, can be reminded that these idiosyncrasies are gifts to be appreciated and nurtured.
The first list is to remind our visual thinkers that they are creative and that is such an important skill.
- Your Imagination is Awesome!
- Thank you for reminding me how fun it is to be playful.
- Your ideas matter.
- You have made me think of things in a completely new way.
- Let’s try it your way.
- You’re such a problem solver!
- I love your creativity!
- I love the way you tell stories.
- You inspire me in so many ways.
- I love your sense of humor!
- You are creative.
- I am curious what you think.
- I’m excited to see what you do.