Setting a home environment for success is no easy task. But it is possible with these parenting tips. The magic formula is revealed as guest post by the Mamantics site.
Leading your child on the road to success and confidence begins with creating expectations. Establishing expectations does not mean pushing your child to succeed beyond their capabilities. It’s a matter of helping your child reach their full potential. If we expect our children to be lazy, they will be lazy and a cycle of failure will be created. However, if we expect our kids to be successful, productive, creative and responsible then we are creating an environment for them to rise to the occasion and fulfill our positive expectations
Creating expectation for your child can be tricky, as raising the bar too high may set them up for failure but setting it too low can create failure as well. So how do we determine suitable expectations for our children and how can we encourage their success while appreciating their feelings at the same time?
The Magic Formula for Developing a Smart and Confident Child
Remember to always acknowledge your child when they perform a good deed or accomplish a desired task. Catching the good moments is important in helping your child gain the confidence and build the positive self-esteem that will lead them to success. Encourage your child to make appropriate choices and celebrate their independence.
Set simple, clear and consistent expectations within your child’s capabilities. For example, if your child is able to tie their own shoes then you should always expect them to do this. Tying their shoes for them today yet struggling to have them tie their shoes tomorrow generates confusion as to what the expectation is. However, if you find your child refusing or unable to complete a task they have been able to complete independently, never hesitate to talk to your child and try to work together to figure out why the task has suddenly become difficult for them.
Allow your child to talk about their feelings. Never judge, berate or dismiss the way they feel. Instead of telling your child how to deal with their issues, help them to come up with their own solutions to their problems. Helping your child develop their problem-solving skills is more beneficial than imposing your own solutions on them.
Challenge your child. No one learns by having things done for them – we learn by doing. Consider every challenge to your child as their hands-on opportunity to learn about life. You can create challenges for your child, like having them begin to prepare their own lunches, or you can let life present challenges, such as making a sports team or landing a role in the school play. Whatever the challenge, and however is occurs, it is your role to help them through it and praise every successful step along the way.
Be a positive role model. There is no one in their lives that children will learn more from than their parents. If you want your child to be confident and successful then it is up to you to show them how to be open and independent. Demonstrate through your own behaviors how to behave properly, engage positively with the world and accept and push through challenges.
So what is the magic formula? Celebrating the positive, being consistent, being open and challenging your child to rise to the occasion. If you can raise the bar, guide your child and be their biggest cheerleader, then you will have one successful and confident kid.
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