Good parents are generally loving, caring and provide a nurturing home environment to their children. But is this enough to take your kids on the track to success? You can go through umpteenth parenting tips but the practical side of parenting requires creative solutions to raise kids that can be on their own in this big wide world.
Whether you are a parent-to-be or someone who needs parenting advice; this article may be helpful for you.
Here are seven things parents of successful children do.
They keep their children on their toes.
Being good parents is not about mollycoddling the kids. To help your kids become successful, it is important for them to start doing things around the house from a young age. There is nothing wrong in kids doing age-appropriate tasks around the house. Cleaning, laundry, setting the dinner table or helping with the groceries are chores that kids can do on their own or along with their parents.
Doing chores around the house can teach kids the importance of organization, hard work, scheduling and the all-important-lesson of self-sufficiency. It teaches them not to be lazy or vegetate in front of the television while you work around the house.
They focus on the all-round development of their kids.
Focus on academics alone won’t do the trick anymore in this highly competitive world. Kids today need to learn various skills to have an edge over their competitors. Parents who focus on teaching their kids social skills, sports, and extracurricular activities, along with academics, can raise kids who are more likely to be successful as adults.
Such kids learn valuable skills through team sports, learn to navigate complex social scenarios and deal with difficult situations. Life is not all about straight lines and just ABCs. It requires quick thinking and decisiveness that can come with being good at various things.
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They nurture an open environment at home.
Good parents create a loving environment at home. But parents of successful children create a nurturing place where kids can feel safe to express their thoughts, to communicate, to share their concerns (however wild) with their parents. Such kids grow up to be individuals who are open to new solutions and not afraid to try new things. They can create nurturing environments at their workplace as bosses and at home too as parents themselves.
They teach their kids the importance of failure.
Kids who learn that failure is not final grow up to be more successful. Parents who encourage their kids to continue working towards their goals despite repeated failures and encourage them to keep moving forward are setting their kids on the path to success. It helps no one to coddle children when faced with failures.
They give praise where it’s due.
Good parents praise their kids when they deserve it. There is an old notion that praise can spoil kids. But praise can help kids feel encouraged to do the right thing.
It also shows them that they are on the right path. It can help build confidence in kids and the ability to take their own decisions.
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They focus on the big picture.
Parents of successful children are not bound by inconsequential things. They do not allow minor setbacks to upset their children. They help their kids see the big picture of life and focus on it.
For instance, a sport injury can derail your child’s plan to become an athlete. The child can either become depressed, or begin to focus on other skills and talents to build a successful career and life.
They lead by example.
Kids learn a lot by watching their parents go through their lives. How they talk, conduct themselves, treat others etc. are some examples. How you handle challenges can teach your kids a lot. Good parents ensure that they are present as shining examples of how anyone can be successful by focusing on goals and doing the right thing.
Incorporate these seven habits in your dealings with your child to help them turn into successful human beings.
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