While the measures of success vary from person to person, certain traits are common among successful people. Help your kids build a solid foundation for achieving their individual goals as well as a lifetime of happiness and mental wellness.
Help your kids develop inherent kindness and build self-confidence
- Kindness. Enables confidence, fosters emotional control, encourages people around them to act in kind with good deeds and positive contributions, and leads to choosing friends with similar attributes.
- Autonomy. Empowers children to have confidence and control while developing trust in others’ abilities.
- Decision-making. Develop an understanding of being responsible for self actions and regulate impulsive behaviors.
Get involved in the community and emphasize service
There are many daily opportunities that will empower your kids to develop these characteristics over time. Allow children to make and learn from their own decisions – from creating and completing their homework to do list, to serving the family dinner and proposing topics to discuss during the meal. Build upon those activities with opportunities outside the home that are centered around community, service and problem solving. Volunteer activities instill kindness for others, teach responsibility to fulfill commitments, and offer a chance to see how individual work can impact others in a positive way.
- Volunteer and illustrate the importance of community
- Emphasize service and purpose over material goods and wealth
- Practice community problem solving