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Parents of Successful Kids Share These 7 Traits

The Short of It

Parents, want to raise successful kids? Just follow these seven tips!

The Lowdown

According to research presented in the Business Insider, moms and dads of kids who grow up to be successful have seven distinctive things in common:

  1. High expectations: A study from the University of California found that a parent who expects a child to perform well in school often predicts that child's success. Of the more than 6,500 kids surveyed, 57 percent who did the worst on standardized tests had parents who expected them to attend college. Comparatively, 96 percent of kids who did the best on the tests had folks who expected them to go on to college.
  2. Higher socioeconomic status: Unfortunately, this factor is often out of a parents' control. But socioeconomic status is a huge predictor of how well a child will do later in life. Not surprisingly, fewer kids from poor families tend to go to college.
  3. Offer sensitive caregiving: No matter one's socioeconomic status, sensitive caregiving that responds to kids' needs can predict success. Basically, more stable family environments with emphasis on healthy parent-child relationships foster greater achievements in school and beyond.
  4. Higher education levels: If you went to high school and college, your child is more likely to as well.
  5. Provide early academic skills: Investing in your child's math skills early makes it more likely he or she will do well in school. "Mastery of early math skills predicts not only future math achievement, it also predicts future reading achievement," explains Northwestern University researcher Greg Duncan, a study author who looked at 35,000 preschoolers in three countries.
  6. Avoid junk time with kids: As you may have read in a recent Washington Post article, it's quality time, not the quantity of time that benefits kids most. In fact, if parents are stressed, it rubs off on their kids.
  7. Teaching a growth mindset: It's all about valuing a child's effort over his or her natural intelligence. The message should be, "work hard, get far." Teach kids there is no limit to what they can achieve if they put in the effort.

The Upshot

The factor that resonates most with me is about teaching a growth mindset. I tend to praise my daughter about how smart she is, not how hard she worked to achieve a certain test score. I also like the idea that connecting with your kids and providing a stable home environment benefits them in more ways than I might have expected. Oh, and I'll definitely be looking for ways to incorporate more math problems into my preschooler's daily life!

What tip resonates most with you?

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