Every parent wants their children to grow up happy, healthy and successful. We all do our best to try and make this happen, but it can sometimes be difficult to know what to do for the best. Well, here are a few things that research has suggested could be helpful…
Put them in daycare
If you have a young child and you’re wondering whether it’s worth putting them into daycare, the answer is yes. There are numerous benefits to children who attend daycare, including an increased likelihood that they will graduate from college, so if you can do it, get them into an education setting early and they will reap the benefits while having a lot of fun.
Take good care of yourself
Research has shown that happy parents are far more likely to have happy children. Stress and unhappiness are like a cold – those around you can catch them, and children can be very badly affected by negative emotions in their parents. So, don’t feel guilty about booking a yoga class, visiting a spa or taking time out from the kids to read a good book or meditate because what’s good for you will be good for them too.
Get them working
Having your children do chores is a great way to instill a good work ethic in them fro an early age. They’ll see the value of hard work and learn how to stand on their own two feet so that when the time comes to wave them off to college you won’t have to worry quite so much about how they’ll fair.
Teach Math and English Early
According to an extensive study by the author Thomas Curley, 63 percent of self-made millionaires had parents who made them read at least a couple of books every month. These books would span a wide range of genres from historical biography to classics and even fun books.
In terms of math, Greg Duncan from Northwestern University has been quoted as saying that children who master math early are far more likely to be academic high achievers than those who do not.
Praise Hard Work
If you want your kids to always do their best, it’s far better to praise them for their hard work and effort than it is for their innate ability. Why? Because most people believe that their ability is innate, and so they are less likely to work harder when they encounter something is difficult. If they have learned, however, that it is hard work and effort that is important, they are more likely to push themselves and continue to grow and attain at a higher level.
Build Strong Relationships
Strong, healthy relationships with family members, friends, and the wider community can help children to feel secure and supported, and when they feel good in this way, they are more likely to do well in school and less likely to develop mental health issues. So, spend lots of time together and show them just how loved they really are.