This is part 2 of a multi-series article about how to raise a globally competitive child with a positive mindset. While many preschools mainly focus on preparing children to be Primary 1 ready, Little Sage goes far beyond that. We prepare our children for life. We educate preschoolers that “life is not about how many times you fall, but how many times you get back up.“ That journey begins with instilling preschoolers with the ability to overcome and embrace discomfort. This is one of the attributes necessary to becoming globally competitive and living a fulfilling life.
What is discomfort?
Discomfort is a broad term. Things such as unfamiliarity, differences, obstacles, unpleasantness, awkwardness, problems, risk and pain make us uncomfortable. Basically it is everything we humans are innately programmed to shun and dislike because it arouses a “fight-or-flight” response. And for exactly that reason, one who can embrace discomfort is more likely to succeed as many human beings naturally lack this attribute. As parents, we raise our children hoping they can live comfortable lives. How do we actually achieve this? We as parents do not want our children to fall or fail because it is unpleasant for them. We want to solve problems for our little ones so they do not have to be stressed. What is the true purpose of bringing our children to this world and giving them an education? Does a pilot undergo numerous hours of training so he can learn to fly in smooth weather and relax? No. The training is to deliberately challenge him so he can be acclimatized to flying through inclement weather or anticipate the unexpected because his duty is to make an unpleasant situation comfortable enough for himself and those around him. He combines his knowledge, emotional intelligence and experience from hours of rigorous training and practicing to solve problems and overcome discomfort so he can make himself, his cabin crew and his passengers at ease.
Parents need to believe that for their children to be comfortable long term, they must first learn to embrace discomfort starting preschool years. While embracing discomfort is necessary to succeed in life, many schools do not teach that. The educational philosophy of Little Sage is about equipping our children with the ability to embrace and overcome discomfort. It is about confronting problems and resolving them rather than eschewing them. People who are globally competitive will have an even greater prowess because they will need to solve issues that are more convoluted and unpleasant. This is why people who are globally competitive are usually more sought after anywhere they go in the world.