As parents, we all just want our child to be successful no matter what they do in life, but are you doing everything you can to raise your child to be successful?
There is no special formula that says “if you do this and this your child is going to be successful” but there are a lot of things you can do as your child is growing up to help them achieve success.
- Teach your child social skills. Young children who share and cooperate with other children are more likely to earn a college degree and have a job earlier than those who don’t. It is also shown that children who get along with others are less likely to have issues with substance abuse and get in trouble with the law.
- Have high expectations for your child. If you have high expectations for your child you will push them a little further and they will be more likely to succeed because they will push themselves more, even if you are not there pushing them.
- Is there are working mom in the house? Just because there isn’t a working mom in the house doesn’t mean that you are setting your child up for failure, but it has been shown that daughters of working mothers tend to earn more money and are more likely to become bosses. Sons of working mothers are also more likely to help with household chores and caring for children.
- Socioeconomic status has an impact. I wish this wasn’t true. Just because a child grows up in a low socioeconomic situation doesn’t mean that your child can’t be successful, but unfortunately it has a huge impact. Now, your child may strive to earn more money because they want a better situation for their children, but children who grow up in poverty often do not have the resources that other children do.
- Do you have a college degree? Children who are raised by parents who have college degrees are more likely to go to college and obtain a degree.
- Teach your child math early. Math is a very important part of life, and studies have shown that developing math skill early on improves not just math skills, but also reading skills.
- Develop a positive relationship with your child. A positive parent-child relationship will help children develop many of the skills they need to succeed in life due to their parent’s loving, consistent and sensitive care.
- Allow them to be independent. If your don’t allow your child to be independent they will wonder if they can do anything by themselves. Allowing your child to be independent will help them develop their own skills and learn how to be their own person and develop their own identity.
- Try not to stress out. Children can sense changes and moods in their parents. Children who grow up with parents who are stressed out often have mood disorders and possibly even addiction problems later in life. The most important thing for parents to do is to provide their children with unconditional love and don’t include them in adult situations to help instill a sense of calm.
- Trying is important, winning isn’t. Teaching your child that they just need to try, but not necessarily win or succeed on the first try, will help them be more successful because they won’t be afraid of failing. They will learn that they can learn from their mistakes and make changes to so they can do better the next time they try something.
- Don’t discourage them. No matter what you do, never ever tell your child they can’t or shouldn’t do something (unless it’s going to hurt them anyway). If you tell your child they can’t do something they will always wonder if they are capable of doing something before they try. You should always encourage your child to achieve their dreams and tell them you will be there for them no matter what happens!
Every parent wants their child to be successful, but let’s face it, parenting is hard and challenging. When it comes to raising kids you have to do the best you can with what you have, but no matter what your status is or your educational level, you can raise your child to be successful.
Do you have any additional tips to raising successful children?