6 Things to teach kids in raising them to become successful
Every parent dreams of having their children grow up to become far more successful as they are as
adults. Having to do well in school is just one of the stepping stones that they would have to leap from.
While there is no formula for raising successful children, a research reveals that there are specific factors
that predict them to live successfully.
That said, it still goes down to the parents. Listed below are some of the things parents should really
teach their little ones in order for them to become successful in the years to come.
- Teach them to have high expectations
A statistical survey made by the University of California at Los Angeles professor Neal Halfon and
his colleagues were surprised to find out that the expectations that parents set for their kids
have a huge effect on their personal attainment.
“Kids would likely to live up to their parents’ expectation”, Halfon denotes. If parents would
teach their children to have high expectations at an early age, this would lead to the Pygmalion
effect, whereby higher expectations lead to higher performance.
- Teach them to be social.
A twenty-year study conducted by the researchers at Pennsylvania State University discovered
that there is actually a significant correlation between social skills of children as kindergartners
and their success as adults two decades after.
It shows that socially competent children who could cooperate with their peers without
prompting, be helpful to others, understand their feelings, and resolve problems on their own,
were far more likely to earn a college degree and have a full-time job by age 25 than those with
limited social skills. Additionally, those with limited social skills, on the other hand, had a higher
chance of getting arrested and applying for public housing.
This study evidently shows that aiding your children in developing social and emotional skills
early on will pave the way for them to be ready for a healthy future.
- Teach them math in their early years.
Developing an early knowledge in math yields to big advantages. Mastery of early mathematical
skills not only predicts to a math achievement in the future but, to reading achievement as well.
Having your kids to be ready with a knowledge of numbers, number orders and solving puzzles
prior to schooling prepares your child for challenges and thinking up of simple solutions to solve
- Teach them that moms work.
Interestingly enough, a research from Harvard Business school claims that there is a great
difference to children who grow up with working mothers than those who do not.
The numbers show that there is a 23% difference in daughters who had a job in a supervisory
role compared to colleagues who were raised by housewives. For sons of working mothers, the
study found that they involve themselves in household work and childcare.
Being a role model to your children influences them of their behavior and their beliefs.
- Teach them to do chores.
Basing from the Harvard Grant Study, parents should teach children to do chores. Doing so,
children grow up to become employees who are independent and collaborative.
“By making them do chores — taking out the garbage, doing their own laundry — they realize I
have to do the work of life in order to be part of life,” Julie Lythcott-Haims, former dean of
freshmen at Stanford University states.
If they are exempted from doing chores, they also miss out on learning that work has to be done
and also miss out on opportunities to participate. These simple tasks prepare them to
understand that each one has a role in making the system/society better.
- Teach them to have healthy relationships with the family.
According to a study conducted by the University of Illinois, the conflict between parents has a
huge negative affect on children. Children growing from broken families, divorced or singleparents,
have a strong influence on the child’s adjustment. The study proves that this puts the
child to become emotionally distressed hence, hinders the child to be successful.
Another report conducted last 2014 by the University of Minnesota, suggests that investments
in early parent-child relationships may result in long-term results that are beneficial to both
parties. In the report, having to provide sensitive caregiving in the first three years yields to
children who achieve better academic test results and had greater attainments in their thirties.
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