Updated: Aug 17, 2020
We dedicate a lot of time and energy towards ensuring that we’re doing the best that we can do. But if you have a child, then you’ll know that that cannot be your only concern; as well as working hard to reach your own potential, you have to put pieces in place that’ll lead to your sons and daughters reaching their own potential, too. Think of it as like watering seeds that’ll one day develop into something fantastic. Below, we take a look at a few tried and tested methods for nudging your child in the right direction.
Stability in the Home
While there are many things that can help a child prosper, social scientists have discovered that perhaps the best indicator of future success is stability in the home. Knowing what they’re going to do and at what time can help a child acquire the skills that will be useful in later life. Now, stability in the home can mean different things; it’s all about the individual family. But generally, small things like staying in one house, eating meals at set times, and emotionally stable and consistent parenting are all recommended.
Of course, while you and your partner are going to have the biggest influence on your children’s lives, others will also be influential. Take the school that they go to, for instance. This can have a huge bearing on many different aspects of your child’s life, including how well they perform academically, their friend groups, and how creative and worldly they become. So it’s important to take steps to find the right school. You’ll be looking for an institution that receives good reviews, has a pleasant atmosphere, and which organizes things like school field trips and performances -- they can have a big impact on a child’s development. Find the right school, and you’ll see your child thrive.
Some parents expect the schooling system to take care of all the aspects of developing a child, but this is impossible. While your child will be in good hands with the school if their interest is, say, sports, if they have an interest that’s a little less popular, there probably won’t be the infrastructure there. So this is where you come in. Be sure to nurture and promote your child’s curiosities -- you never know what early interests might lead to later in life.
Showing the Way
Families tend to go in cycles. Intentionally or not, children mirror their parents later on in life. So it’s important that you’re setting a great example for your kids. If you want your children to be hardworking, then you need to work hard. If you want them to be kind, then you should be kind. They learn a lot more from parents than just what they’re told.
The Power of Belief
Finally, be sure to instill a sense of belief in your child. A person who believes in themselves and thinks their dreams will come true will usually find that they do so!
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