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Child Behavior: What makes a "great kid"? Part Three

Curiosity - having an inquiring mind

In Paul Schwartz’s column in Hudson Valley Parent magazine, he discussed the 10 qualities of “great kids.” Here’s one quality that kids need to develop in order to lead a happy, healthy life while being able to face the challenges of the 21st century. 

Curiosity (having an inquiring mind): At any age a child’s or adolescent’s interest in exploring new ideas, people and how and why things work will build on her joy and pleasure with life. Continuously open new vistas for your child through libraries, museums, books and new ways of completing tasks. Always encourage your children to try new things and explore the unknown with enthusiasm; this will help her build a life in which she is constantly seeking a new and deeper understanding of all things and all people.

Paul Schwartz, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and education at Mount Saint Mary College. He is available for speaking engagements to parent groups.