Parenting on Purpose in a Pandemic
TOP 10 SUCCESS SKILLS TO TEACH YOUR CHILD
I know we are all parents who are feeling a bit uneasy in the present times we are living in. But, I know children are resilient and we can lead by example. Our children can feel our energy so we must do what we can to keep them on the path to greatness. We are in this together and be sure to stay connected to your community of parents, teachers, and all stakeholders.
From the perspective of an educator and parent, I wanted to write about how I feel as a parent and give you some practical tools I am using to ensure my children reach their level of success. We need solutions that we can all implement into our children’s lives in the immediate.
Lately, I wake up wondering about my children’s education, social skills, and just the quality of their lives overall. Who would have guessed that we would be living in a time where our children may have to wear masks at school all day long?
Who would have guessed that our children may not get to celebrate their birthdays, accomplishments, or have play dates? But, we know this too shall pass!
I know we are all feeling a bit uneasy raising our children in pandemic times. However, I wanted to share ten practical tips that will help your children be successful! We all know as parents, we have to truly be intentional and purposeful with our children more than ever!
We are all doing our best to monitor their time playing games and using technology! Well, I want to share ten successful skills to teach your child.
1. SET GOALS. Even a child can set goals. A child’s goals might be to get an A on a test, earn a spot on the basketball team, or finish a long book. Learning to set an objective and develop a plan to achieve it are valuable skills for anyone of any age.
2. WORK DAILY TOWARD A PURPOSE. Having a goal and a plan is the easy part. Executing that plan reliably is considerably more challenging. Help your child to put in the time each day to achieve something worthwhile. It might be studying for a big test, exercising each day, or learning how to draw animals.
3. FOCUS. No one teaches us how to focus. In fact, most of us spend our lives distracting ourselves, which is the opposite of focus. Meditation is one tool for teaching focus, but there are many other options, such as: ● Set a timer and ask your child to focus on their homework for 10 minutes straight. Avoid allowing your child to read a book or play on their tablet while watching TV. Teach them to only engage in one activity at a time.
4. CARE LITTLE WHAT OTHERS THINK. This is a tough one to master at any age, but it’s especially challenging for children. It’s hard to be successful if you’re worried about the opinions of others. Set a good example and show your child what it means to be brave.
5. RISK FAILURE. The willingness to fail is strongly correlated with success. Successful people fail much more frequently than the average person. The more often you’re willing to fail, the more success you’ll find. Teach this lesson to your children. Again, set a good example.
6. DEAL WITH FAILURE. Once the failure has occurred, it’s important to make the most of it. Teach your child that failure is a learning opportunity that makes them stronger and more capable.
7. DEAL WITH UNCOMFORTABLE FEELINGS. Fear is the greatest blocker to success. The inability to deal with negative feelings, in general, leads to bad habits, such as drinking, using drugs, overeating, and wasting time on stimulating activities with little value. Help your child to deal with uncomfortable feelings in a positive way. The ability to manage negative feelings effectively makes relationships more challenging, too.
8. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS. It’s not easy to be happy and successful on your own. Relationships are an important part of life. Many children struggle to make friends and fit in. This can lead to a lot of challenges in childhood and later in life.
9. TIME MANAGEMENT. Use your time wisely, and you can accomplish anything. Teach your child how to plan part of his day and how to use that time wisely. Procrastination is a success killer.
10. SELF-CARE. You can’t be successful if you don’t take care of yourself adequately. Your child needs to know that he has a right and a responsibility to make his own needs a priority if he’s going to be successful.
We’re often taught to put everyone else before ourselves. However, if you look at successful people, most of them don’t operate this way.
Your child shouldn’t have to figure out everything on their own. They have you to teach them the ropes.
Success is a skill that anyone can learn. Teach your child to be successful. You’ll learn more about success in the process and enjoy a greater level of success yourself.
Yall, we all have to take this parenting in a pandemic one day at a time! We are doing our best and our children are doing the same! Well… remember, it’s always time to shine!
Much Love and Sunshine,