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The Singapore Parent’s dilemma

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A Singapore parent spent almost $3000 for a 14-weeks enrichment programme for her three and five years old children, believing this will aid the child’s learning and to prepare them for their primary school studies.

According to the findings done by The National Institute of Education (NIE) in 2014, more parents than ever before enrolled their children in pre-school enrichment classes to provide them with a head start in anticipation of the competitive education system.

While enrichment classes may benefitchildren’s academic performances, they may also result in children struggling to cope with their hectic timetables. This lack of balance would consequently lead to increased stress and anxiety, resistances to learning, and insufficient rest and play-time. These consequences would then result in lower self-esteem, confidence and joy.

While parents may be aware of these effects, they may feel helpless as they hold the beliefs that if their children ‘suffer’ now, they will ‘benefit’ in the future in Singapore’s competitive system.

 

The Science To Happier Children

According to early-childhood experts, a solid foundation for learning requires healthy SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT, which enables children to experience feelings of JOY, BELONGING, and SECURITY.

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When positive psychology is applied during early childhood development, it creates a positive impact by building valuable qualities for life. At a subjective level, positive psychology in children is about joy, well being, flow, satisfaction, happiness and a growth mind-set. For the future, it is about optimism, helpful cognitions and hope.

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Researches and evidences indicate that positive psychology increases positive attitudes and satisfaction with life, it also gives valuable and efficacious tools to cope with difficulties. For example, academic success requires emotional energy, strong relationships, optimism, hope, resilience, creativity and challenging and motivating goals. These academics explain how important it is for children to not only achieve high grades, but also to find purpose, motivation and happiness in their lives.

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Further studies were also conducted to determine if happy children, specifically preschoolers, are socially successful. Social scientists found that positive attitudes in children are associated with attention and acceptance by their peers, as well as positive interactions among them.

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Ultimately, the results were consistent with the hypothesis of positive psychology: that experiences of positive attitudes and emotions lead to better adjustment in class and higher well being and security which would support discovery, exploration and mastery of different domains e.g. academic, languages, humanities, arts and many more.

For PP Kids, we believe that we might have found the solution that parents are looking for; to provide the platform for their children to develop the solid foundation for learning.

Using a proprietary learning method that is carefully crafted using experimental and fun learning activities such as handicrafts, music and drama, mobility exercises and even eating, The PP Kids CLIMB programme is unique in that it helps children develop SKILLS and gives them the TOOLS to better cope with their challenges and THRIVE in their learning and psycho-emotional development.

These positive psychology interventions when integrated with children’s activities allow children to cultivate the ability to create positive relationships, to leverage on their mental and emotional resources, an increased confidence and self-esteem, manage their emotions intelligently, and also to build resilience and optimism.

In conclusion, these positive psychology experiences have been shown to lead to many positive life outcomes in children, and it clearly has the potential to guide children on a pathway to greater wellbeing and life success through discovery, exploration and mastery of different domains e.g. academic, languages, humanities, arts and many more.

 

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Backed by The School of Positive Psychology

100 Orchard Road, Concorde Hotel

#03-20/21/14 Singapore 238840

www.ppkids.sg

info@positivepsych.com.sg

Tel: +65 – 6884 5142

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