As parents we all want the best for our children. We are always in search for that next great opportunity, discovery, educational activity, or enrichment activity. We innately have a desire to want to see our children’s success exceed our own. If you are anything like us, then as a parent you are open and inquisitive about some of the most effective and practical strategies for seeing positive character traits and mannerisms come into fruition.
The five daily habits below are among the most interesting and compelling.
Set High Expectations For Them
According to a British research study, researchers found out that parents who consistently set high expectations and modeled that behavior for their children are more likely to have children who grow up to be more successful. Essentially, being a pushy parent instills fortitude that lends itself to children exercising their values and goals in the long-term. This pushy parent study at the University of Essex followed more than 15,500 teenage girls for six years. The study revealed that teens whose main parent expected a lot from there are “less likely to become pregnant, more likely to attend college and ultimately earn higher wages in the workforce.”
Praise Them For Their Efforts, Not The Things That Come Easily
According to Stanford University professor Carol Dweck, children should not be praised for their God-given abilities or innate talents, but rather for the effort and mindset with which they approach a task or learning. When you praise children for their effort, you are encouraging them to apply endurance, fortitude and goal-setting to develop a successful life.
Encourage Them To Play Outside
This should seem like a no-brainer. Physical activity is a benefit to everyone, and studies continue to show that children and students who play outside often are more alert, and more advanced than their peers in reading as well as in math. Researchers tracked the outside activity of 153 boys between the ages of 6 to 8 and found that “The more time kids spent sitting and the less time that they spent being physically active, the fewer gains they made in reading in the two following years. It also has a negative impact on their ability to do math.”
Engage Their Children While Reading With Them
The most successful kids are the ones whose parents read to them when they were little. Studies show that not just any reading style will do, but rather interactive reading where parents encourage the children. Simple habits such as being mindful of the tone that we use when reading to our children as well as the inflection with which books are read as well. Furthermore, by encouraging their young children to make connections with the text, it makes reading more fun and the content more relatable. Neuroscientist Erin Clabough suggests that if you read to your child, “ask him or her to walk through the plot as it happens.”
Give Their Children Chores As A Household Responsibility
Giving chores to your children helps them to develop a strong work ethic early on in life. According to Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise An Adult “By making them do chores, they realize I have to do the work of life in order to be a part of life. It’s not about me and what I need in this moment.” Chores help children and teenagers understand that in life, you must do the work. It develops good character as well.