In this rapidly changing global economy, it is predicted that 20 years from now, many of the available jobs do not yet exist today. This poses a difficult question around how do we best prepare our children for success in an unknown world?
Imagine spending all of this time and energy raising your kids, and then when you send them off to post- secondary education, you still have to call to wake them up every morning to make sure they get to class on time. Sounds shocking, right? When I was in college 20 years ago, I can recall going multiple days, maybe even up to a couple of weeks, without communicating with my parents. Sure, this was before cell phones, text messaging, and social media, but it wasn’t necessary to talk to my parents that often. My parents gave me plenty of freedom to live my own life and to explore and grow during those incredible years as I blossomed into an independent adult. Somehow, I figured out how to register for classes, study, eat, do laundry, meet new friends, get over breakups, and handle bad grades all on my own.
When it comes to raising kids, one size doesn’t fit all. Parents of more than one child know that every child is different and will react differently when faced with the same situation. Kids are also likely to react differently to the same parenting techniques. While it is important to be fair to all of your children, adjusting your parenting style to fit the needs of each individual child can help each long-term with their development and behavior.
When your kids set and reach their goals, they gain more than a short-term boost. Studies show that setting and working toward goals helps build important life skills like resourcefulness, problem-solving, and autonomy. But your enthusiasm to encourage your kids toward their goals can sometimes go awry, motivating you to use negative, counter-productive, or even damaging strategies in the quest for achievement. Here’s how you can help your children nurture the skills they need to set and reach goals large and small, now and for years to come.
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