We have all read about how certain qualities in kids help them to become successful. But did you know that there are certain qualities you can find in their parents as well? Do your habits as a parent influence your child in going ahead in life? Even parents of successful children have a common set of habits that helps them raise their children the way they do. Cultivating these habits early on will help to ensure that your child is on the right path to success.
Here are 10 things you can do to give your child a head-start towards a successful path:
1. Set The Bar High For Your Kid
Establishing higher expectations from your kids will help them strive towards that. Chances are if you set the bar low, your child might be an underachiever. Setting a higher expectation will give them the right push that they may need to work harder. However, make sure not to overburden your child with too many expectations.
2. Assign Your Kids Some Chores
Assign your kids some chores to teach them about responsibility. It will also help them to be more independent. Start with something small like asking them to wash their plate after having a meal or getting them to set the table ready for dinner.
3. Develop Your Child’s Social Skills
Develop your child’s social skills. Teach your kids how to listen, understand, empathize and read social cues.
4. Teach Your Child Good Coping Skills
Your child will go through anger, sadness, frustration and a bunch of other emotions even in their childhood. Teach them how to cope with their emotions in a healthy way. Children can slip into depression or substance abuse when they don’t know how to deal with their emotions. Children learn from their parents. Seeing you cope with your emotions in a healthy manner will teach them to do the same.
5. Focus On Trying Rather Than Failing
They believe in giving things a try. Rather than focusing on the outcome first, it’s important to give it a shot. Taking the first step towards anything is important in making things work.
6. Have A Healthy Relationship With Your Kid
Being a good parent is not just about taking care of all their needs. Try to be involved in their lives so that you know when to be there for them emotionally as well.
7. Avoid Fighting In Front Of Your Kids
Parents who constantly fight among themselves will leave a lasting negative impact on their kid. The effect of living with such parents can be deep on a child. It’s natural for couples to fight once in a while. But fighting constantly can put your kid under stress.
8. They Are Highly Accomplished Themselves
Children look up to their parents for aspiration and inspiration. You are your child’s first role model. If they have a parent who is driven and passionate about their life and career, it will inspire them to do the same. By continuing to learn and grow, you teach your kid to do the same.
9. They Are Authoritative Parents
Adopt a parenting technique that brings out the best in your child. Parenting style is known to have an effect on the kid’s behavior. Authoritative parenting style has been found to bring out the best behavior in kids (1).
10. They Teach Their Kids Maths Early On
Do you let your kids skip their maths homework? If yes, it’s time to get serious about math learning. A study which involved 36,000 preschoolers found that kids who develop maths skills early on are most likely to be successful in their future. Not just that, they also become better at their reading skills too (2).
Success isn’t all about talent and hard work. It’s also about some smart work from your end. A child learns many of his/her qualities from their parents as well. Your job as a parent is already half done if you are a good role model for your kids. So start cultivating these habits in yourself to impart the best qualities in your kids.