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  • 5 Ways You Can Be A Better Parent And Help Your Kids Become Successful Adults

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    by Kaydee Dela Buena .
5 Ways You Can Be A Better Parent And Help Your Kids Become Successful Adults
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  • Today's fast-paced, technological society has caused a massive parenting shift between our generation and the one before it. Strict obedience was the order of the day, but today it is seen as toxic parenting. Meanwhile, this generation's kids are facing a lot of pressure that their parents did not commonly deal with when they were younger.

    5 ways you can help kids become successful adults

    A change in parenting techniques may be needed to adapt to today's society and its diverse pressures. As a parent, it's crucial that you focus on balancing priorities, meeting responsibilities, and overall creating a safe, loving environment for your children. Here are some parenting strategies you can incorporate to your parenting style to help your child become successful in life.

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    Encourage special skills

    Each child has a unique set of gifts and talents. Some flourish in the academics, while others find joy in other disciplines and activities. Rather than letting your kids watch cartoons or play games on their computers all day long, why not provide opportunities for intellectual, physical, and personal development?

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    If your child is very active and moves around a lot, redirect his energy to sports or dance class. If your kid loves to draw on walls and on your furniture, sign them up for art class! Help them explore their gifts at a young age and support them as they discover their passions.

    Recognize and applaud their efforts

    In the field of achievement and success, a person’s mindset can influence behavior. Avoid labelling your kid as 'smart' or 'talented,' and instead give recognition to their hard work.

    Usually, people with a fixed mindset are reluctant to take in more challenges because they become too comfortable and believe that their accomplishments are due to innate abilities. Foster a growth mindset so they’re more willing to take risks and work hard to learn new skills. Remember, grades should not be the gauge that motivates a student to succeed, but his inner drive for learning. 

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    Foster independence

    Many parents mistakenly equate their child’s independence with rebelliousness or disobedience. But it's normal for children to exercise their autonomy and it's all part of a child's typical development.

    While defining limits help your kids develop self-control, encouraging independence helps him develop a sense of self-direction. Your child is going to need both in order to be successful. Try not to hover and instead let your child make mistakes, learn from them, and be their own person.

    Treat your child with respect

    As the old adage goes, respects begets respect. Remember, your relationship with your children will be the foundation for their relationships with other people. Give your child the same courtesies you give to other people. Speak to him politely. Listen and consider his opinions and pay attention to non-verbal cues. Most of all, remember to treat him kindly.

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    Build their emotional intelligence

    Parents are naturally protective. While their kids are young, they may think that their children are still incapable of processing or understanding the emotional complexities of the world. Oftentimes, parents will try to hold off teaching their children about unpleasant or sensitive subjects to preserve their innocence. But a child's brain grows at a rapid rate and they start to notice, react, adapt, and develop ideas based on their own emotional experiences. It’s important to establish an environment at home where they are free to identify and communicate their feelings.

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    Psychologist Irish Movido at the recent “Smart Parenting Masterclass: Toddler Expertips” held in partnership with Nido 3+, defines emotional intelligence as the “capacity of recognizing our feelings and of those around us.” When you teach kids the importance of developing emotional intelligence, how to recognize them, understand where they come from, and how to deal with them, you teach them the most essential skills for their success in life.

    She shares, “Our success in life, mas malaki ang pine-play ng EQ. In fact, 80% of our success is based on EQ. In school for example, even if you have high grades, that does not guarantee, that is not an accurate predictor of success in life.” Moreover, kids who show high emotional intelligence are found to have higher self-esteem, better scholastic performance, financial success, and better health.

    Does your kid struggle with her emotions and managing her attitude? Click here to learn how to help.

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