What is Success?
Preparing a child for success encompasses many jobs and proposes many answers to childhood’s numerous questions. The first, most important task to help a child to thrive is to try to define success itself. What exactly is the goal to be reached? How is “success” defined?
Answers to the above questions are subject to influence from countless sources: culture, faith, community, etc. It is truly tenacity that is critical to success. Teach your children, through your own example, to set goals and go after them. These goals can be related to one’s career, athletic participation, healthy lifestyle, or self-presentation. This modeling will demonstrate a commitment to accomplishment that will translate into your child’s social, emotional, academic, and physical aspirations.
All parents want their children to enjoy and do well in school. It is important to let your son or daughter know this desire. If a child believes that he or she can be successful, he or she will be. This strong bond at home will give a child the necessary confidence and self-reliance to meet and overcome the challenges faced at school. With a positive sense of self, achievement will also extend to other avenues, such as relationships, college pursuits, and careers.
With a well-built system of support at home, a child will learn that cultural and societal differences are not an excuse for hard work, even before entering school. Parents should maintain school involvement and celebrate the diversity of a child’s learning community. It is important to discuss with your child his or her homework, academic ambitions, and social pressures—often and with ease. As a child’s first teacher, parents must encourage strong language skills and appropriate study habits; these are proficiencies that will further an individual through all facets of life.
Every situation is an enriching learning experience that can be used for the benefit of your child, who actually thirsts for your guidance. Set high expectations, follow through with commitments and consequences, be honest, laugh frequently, and, parents, try to remember that, while a child is a unique individual, don’t spend more time trying to perfect him or her than you do on trying to perfect the relationship you share!
In closing, to help the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation, please join us for the Skecher’s Pier-to-Pier Friendship Walk on Sunday, October 25. Last year, the Redondo Beach Unified School District earned $104,000! Go to www.skechersfriendshipwalk.com to register today. Remember to join our school team and select the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation to benefit from your contribution.