If you want your children to grow up and be successful then you need to make sure you are paying attention to their well-being,and that means all aspects of it. Sure, it may seem a bit hard to be a parent in general at times but if you are a parent you know it is well worth it.
Below you will find a list of things you can do to ensure your child is successful. It is actually a lot simpler than you might think. No, you don’t have to make them recite their multiplication tables when they’re five, just be there for them and do the following things.
1. Eat dinner together as a family.
Do this no matter how big or small your family is. According to a non-profit organization operating out of Harvard University, children who eat with their families exhibit lower levels of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, depression, and obesity! Sounds like a good enough reason to do dinner together as often as possible. They also found that these children had higher GPAs and self-esteem. For more information that click here.
2. Let them fail from time to time.
While it may be hard to watch, let them make their own mistakes. This is one of the best things you can do as a parent. According to Dr. Stephanie O’Leary, a clinical psychologist, failure is good for a child. It teaches them to cope and allows them to be more challenged. Plus, they need to know that sometimes things just don’t turn out how they intend for them to.
3. Let them go on field trips and travel.
Don’t be one of those overprotective parents who mean well but also keeps their children sheltered well into adulthood. Let them experience the world even if just in small doses. I wasn’t allowed to go on field trips much as a child and it was not a good experience for me. All of the other kids would come back happy that they had experienced something new and fun but I hadn’t. According to a survey carried out by the Student and Youth Travel Association traveling has many benefits no matter how far the destination is.
4. Read to them often.
If you begin reading to your children at a young age they will have better language skills, this was found by researchers at the New York University School of Medicine. It also teaches them to like books which make things a lot easier as they grow. Reading for pleasure is linked with things like intellectual progress.
5. Make them work for things.
According to the Harvard Grant Study doing chores as a child increases your chances of becoming successful. You don’t have to make they work for everything and their chore list doesn’t have to be a mile long, just make sure they are doing their part some. This helps you out and your children.
6. Enforce no-screen time.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says children younger than 18 months should not have any screen time at all other than mild video chatting. They recommend limiting screen time to one hour a day for children ages 2-5 and for older kid’s it’s about making sure their screen time doesn’t affect their daily lives. They also mention that dinner time and bedrooms should be screen-free. Also, don’t be one of those double standard parents. If you are taking the kids phones away at dinner, don’t be on yours.
Encourage your children to do work that needs to be done. Sure, while they are tiny if they want to make music let them, but as they grow to make sure they are aware of other options. Trades that will be lacking in the years to come are the most important ones.
8. Work outside the home.
This helps your children to grow up knowing that there is more. Of course, housewives are needed in some families. However, making sure you children know there are other options is important. Researchers at Harvard Business School found that when moms work outside their homes their daughters are more likely to be employed themselves.
Children who are able to resist temptation grow up with better social skills, higher test scores and so much more. Tell them they have to wait until after dinner to get a cookie. This helps them build a lot of skills.
10. Make sure they get the right amount of sleep.
Missing sleep turns your brain into mush. Not literally but, it does slow it down a good bit. It is important for children to get the right amount of sleep no matter what day of the week it is. Pay attention to sleeping patterns.