As parents, we all want our kids to grow healthy and happy. That’s the priority. Numero uno. It’s as simple as that. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want them to stay out of trouble, be top of the class at school and go on to totally kick adulthood’s butt by doing incredibly awesome things.
Unfortunately, there is no set of rules you can follow to ensure you raise super-successful children. We know, right. That said, there are a handful of factors that can determine your kid’s chances of success and, surprise-surprise, a big part is you, the parent.
So, without further ado, here are some things that all parents of successful kids have in common.
1. Force Chores Onto Them
Okay, maybe don’t force them to do chores, but certainly encourage them to do some. If you don’t, you will find they feel absolved of both the work and the learning why this work needs to be done, and that plays a huge part in the betterment of everyone. According to research, kids that are raised doing chores become way better collaborators in later life, as well as more empathetic, which is because they know firsthand what struggling looks like. They are also better and doing tasks independently. In short, if your kid isn’t tidying their room, it means someone’s doing it for them and that won’t help anyone.
2. Social Skills Are Life
Once upon a time, socializing was a part of normal life. It was something you did by default because it was the only way we could communicate with others. But in this technologically obsessed world, social skills no longer come as standard. This is a problem because kindergarten children with good social skills – that is children who cooperate with their peers, are helpful to others, understand their feelings, and resolve problems on their own – are more likely to go to college.
3. Practise Good Habits
The word ‘child’ derives from the Latin for mimic. Okay, we made that up, but you get the point we’re making. What we do, our kid’s copy. They pick up our habits. They take what we do and see it as the right way to do things. That’s why it is so important you try and lead a lifestyle full of healthy habits if you want your children to succeed. That means quitting smoking, even if you take up vaping instead. So long as you swap cigarettes for e-cig accessories, you’re on the right path. It also means putting your phone away, exercising often, eating healthily and anything else that will promote the sorts of things you want for them. It makes a huge difference.
4. Have High Expectations
The difference between dreaming and believing you can make your dreams come true is your self-worth. Of course, you already knew this. What you may not know is that a child’s self-belief and confidence stems from you. That’s the secret. The expectations we parents hold for our kids have a huge, huge effect on their attainment. That should say it all.