Success in a child’s life will depend largely on the type of parenting
When we talk about success, most people think of economic and financial success. But success in life goes far beyond the material. And when we say that we want our children to be successful, we pretend that in addition to not having financial problems in their adult life, we want them to be happy, do what they like, be loved, have values, and above all grow emotionally healthy. .
The future of a child depends in large part on how they were raised and their childhood experiences. When we are parents, we raise our children with the conviction of making them good people in the future, and with the aim of teaching them everything they need for their lives.
If you are looking for your child to achieve his goals, grow up with good values, and manage to improve himself day by day, becoming an autonomous and self-confident adult, there are certain things you should do.
1. Limit screen time
It seems quite difficult in these times, but there is a solid foundation to prevent children from spending too much time with technology, and that is that their brains are altered, preventing the development of some cognitive skills, in addition to altering them in their entirety. The American Pediatric Association recommends that babies under 18 months should not even be exposed to the screen, while for children 2 to 5 years the recommended maximum is one hour per day.
2. They have dinner as a family
In my house we have the television in the living room, and not in the dining room like many family friends. The truth is that, although my daughter asked me why we do not have a television in front of the table when we eat dinner, with my husband we have decided that we will never put one there. We have noticed how much we talk and get “up to speed” when we share a family dinner, we talk and we share our day to day. Dining with the family gives the child a better self-esteem, which will be reflected in all the acts of their daily life.
3. They are sensitive caregivers
In early childhood it is essential that parents are attentive to the physical and emotional needs of children; And when this happens, children grow healthier and happier. According to a UNICEF report “The effects of what happens during the prenatal period and during the first months and years can last a lifetime. All the fundamental components of emotional intelligence – confidence, curiosity, intentionality, self-control and the ability to relate, communicate and cooperate with others – that determine how the child learns and establishes relationships in school and in life in general, depend the type of initial care they receive from their parents »
4. They feed them well
We know that good nutrition is essential for the physical and cognitive development of children. But in addition to this, a child who eats healthily is a child who grows up happy, because he has more energy to play, to think and to relate. Parents who care about their children’s nutrition and take the time to cook and nourish them properly, know that they are benefiting the health of their little ones.
5. Encourage them to do activities
Children love learning and experiencing new things. When a child grows up doing extracurricular activities, he is being given the possibility not only to explore his tastes and interests but to forge new social ties in other circles outside of his family and his group of friends.
6. They assign homework
If you have young children, you will know how much they like to help you or fulfill a task you give them. Depending on the age of the child, you can perform small tasks that will help them to trust themselves and become more autonomous and responsible. Think of a teenager who does not know how to do anything is a child who was prevented from collaborating.
7. Believe in them
When parents believe and trust their children, they are giving them the assurance that they love and have self-esteem. In addition, when they are allowed to make mistakes and try again, the message is also given to the child that they have enough tools to do it on their own.
8. They stress less
If you are one of those who gets stressed when your child enters the house with mud, or goes out to the patio to play with water or fills the kitchen with flour when trying to help you, this would not be helping too much in the future success of your child. When parents get stressed, children do too. Childhood is one, and you have to enjoy it to the fullest.
Raising children is already a difficult task, and raising successful children is even more so. But everything you do with love and with your child’s physical and emotional well-being in mind will pay off. What other habit would you add to this list to raise successful and happy children?