5 Parenting Tips To Help Your Children Succeed

Saturday, January 25, 2014

As a parent, your life changes forever when you can no longer help your child with everything that life throws at them. You realize that they are people in their own right. Even if their challenges are small and simple to you, they are still the biggest things your child has ever faced. One of the best things that you can do for your child is to teach them how to succeed, and there are a few things that can help.

1. Lead by Example.

Show your child the kind of person you would like them to grow up to be. If you are angry and frustrated, they will learn how to act that way. If you are kind, generous and thoughtful, and if you set goals and work hard, you may find that they will try to emulate that behavior!

2. Prepare for the Big Academic Challenges.

Some kids ace every test, and some fall behind if you don't keep an eye on their study habits. Be invested in your child's schoolwork, and remember that most of success is simple preparation. For example, the PSAT is an exam that can help them prepare for testing later on, and resources like http://barronstestprep.com/psat/ are designed to help.

3. Be There for Them. No Matter the Situation.

No matter where they are, they should be willing to call you for help and to know that you will give it. For example, if your child is at a party and their only options for leaving are to get an unsafe ride home or to call you, they should be able to call you and know that you'll be there for them. Be clear that your first priority is always their safety.

4. Teach Them to Help.

One thing that frustrates young children is that they can't always do what they'd like to do. Savannah hasn't always been able to help around the house in a way that she has wanted to help. This has frustrated her. This frustration can make a child cranky and angry with themselves, but it all changes when you teach them how they can help. Show them how to identify chores they can do or needs in others. Help them to see how they can be help - if they can. Helping is something that can give your child a feeling that they can change things and affect the world in a positive way.

5. Praise Their Hard Work

Praise how hard your child works. They may not have cleaned the floor or table in the same way you would have - but let them know that their hard work and effort was appreciated.

Your children are very important to you, but it is essential to be your own person as well. Show your child that you have passions and hobbies, and if your child is interested, share it with them. In the end, it does not matter what you do so long as you are excited about it.

There are no guarantees when it comes to raising children. All you have is the ability to offer them your resources and your spirit. Be willing to be gentle with them, to be tough when you need to be, and to always love them to the best of your ability.