Dragon Quest 8 was one of my all time favorite games. I bring this up because it’s a first person strategy game where you have to build up not only the protagonist’s strength but also his character in order to succeed in the game as it is filled with mini-arcs where you are asked to do favors for or have to ingratiate someone who doesn’t seem like likable at first. But, that person ends up becoming very instrumental in providing you with key information or weapons for you to achieve your quest.
[Spoiler Alert] Unknown to Hero, the creative main character’s name, he was born of mixed blood, half human and half dragon.[/Spoiler Alert] And, this explains why Hero is free from being tainted by contempt, defensiveness and withdraw from interaction. But, for the rest of us humans, we were not born to be like dragon/human hybrids. Or, maybe we were but it takes a lot of careful planning in order to become a dragon like Hero exemplified by such chart below:
The chart above is borrowed from this ancient manuscript on how to raise our children to be like dragons, or, in my case, snakes as that is the year my LS was born in. Based on this manuscript, the right nutrients are:
And, with these nutrients, the little your little toddler can also grow wings and talons such as these described in this other ancient manuscript:
These include critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, emotional health, social skills, work ethic, and community responsibility. Also important are factors affecting personal relationships between students and teachers (closeness, affection, and open communication), self-control, self-regulation, persistence, academic confidence, teamwork, organizational skills, creativity, and communication skills.
According to this same manuscript, development’s temporal modeling and return on nurturing is varied for different types of development
Noncognitive skills are important predictors of cognitive performance, and cognitive skills are also influential in the level of noncognitive performance. The patterns over time suggest that the importance of noncognitive skills as a determinant of cognitive performance increases very little over the earlier grade levels, but steadily increases across the later grades. Meanwhile, the absolute importance of cognitive skills as a determinant of noncognitive skills significantly increases through the earlier grade levels (kindergarten through third), and then decreases in later grade levels (fifth through eighth).
“every aspect of early human development […] is affected by the environments and experiences that are encountered in a cumulative fashion, beginning in the prenatal period and extending throughout the early childhood years.”
Breaking this down, cognitive skill development will lead to temporary growth in cognitive skills. But, noncognitive skill development will lead to long term growth in both cognitive and noncognitive skill developments.
Basically, if those mothers in Joy Luck Club focused more on their daughters’ noncognitive development instead of on them getting straight A’s and winning every chess tournament, those kids wouldn’t turn out to be such losers who end up quitting the chess club, end up shacking up with her ugly boss, pay for his ice cream and have to fly back to China to find her twin sister in order to find herself.
No, not my LS.