Voices Of Youth

Consider child's needs when giving support

Supporting children based on their needs is beneficial for their learning.

Parents should give their children help based on the child's interests and needs.

There is an increasing number of studies which show differences in abilities based on gender, and many parents tend to follow these stereotypes rigidly.

Every child has different talents and areas in which they need help.

Although children of the same gender tend to learn in a certain pattern or style, a child's own learning needs and methods ultimately depend on the individual.

Frequent communication between parents and children can give parents a better understanding of the needs of their child, as well as a better idea on how to give help that really suits them.

Sophie Xie Jia Lin, 15,
Secondary 4 student

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2017, with the headline 'Consider child's needs when giving support'. Print Edition | Subscribe