One of the top concerns of any loving parent, is that their child should have the best possible shot at success in later life.
To that end, there are all sorts of programs, courses, and coaching philosophies that are employed to try and maximise the chances of future professional and personal success. And, it hardly needs to be said that a big reason why parents will often take the chance to send their kids to the best private schools, if they can, is for that same purpose.
Here are just a few practical steps you can take that are widely agreed to give your child the best chance of success in later life
Encourage and Nudge Them to Confront and Question Their Own Perceived Limitations
Our minds can, and often do, tyrannise us – and this is just as true for children as it is for adults.
As the saying goes, “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” and yet, it’s common for people of all ages to shy away from doing things that they might otherwise find meaningful and enriching, simply because they have a preconceived notion that they aren’t up to the challenge.
Encouraging and nudging your child to confront and question their own perceived limitations, on a regular basis, can help them to break that illusion and get them used to finding out, first hand, that they are generally capable of rising to the challenge a lot more effectively than they might otherwise have believed.
In other words, encourage your child to regularly venture outside of their comfort zone.
Reward Autonomy From an Early Age
It’s natural for parents to want to do things for her children – and, of course, a parent always does have to do many things for their children, at least up to a certain age.
All the same, rewarding your child for acting autonomously, from an early age, is an excellent way of encouraging them to develop the personality of a self-starter, throughout their lives.
Of course, being an autonomous self-starter is one of the key traits of a successful entrepreneur.
Even something as simple as praising your child for making their bed each morning is likely to do some good in this regard.
Feed Their Natural Curiosity, and Help Them to Explore the Wonders of the World at Large
Children naturally tend to be filled with awe at the world around them, and, if left to their own devices, they will typically have a never-ending supply of questions ready for their parents, in order to feed that curiosity.
At the same time, though, children are susceptible to falling into more passive and less positive patterns of behaviour, too. Watching TV or playing video games constantly, for example.
Balance is key, and not everything that your child does has to be “educational.” Nonetheless, you should certainly feed their natural curiosity, and help them to explore the wonders of the world at large – whether by taking them to visit museums, giving them picture encyclopedias, or getting them involved in interesting hobbies.