Research shows these 5 things will help your child succeed

Sometimes, no matter what you do or how hard you try, your kid inevitably goes through some rough patches and you feel like a failure of a parent. You wonder what you could have done better, or think about what actions or words you can avoid later. But again, these things can happen despite you being a “perfect” parent, so try not to despair too much.
 
If you’re still concerned about doing the right thing to help your child succeed both personally and in the world, you of course aren’t alone. Every parent wants and, hopefully, tries, to do what’s best by your child, and to help you with some basics, we’ve created a list of 5 extremely important things that have been proven to help.
 
Getting your child into daycare
 
Finding the right childcare, day care centre or other early childhood education centres is absolutely vital to your child’s success. Right from the beginning, you’re setting your child up to be prepared for school by exposing them to a daily schedule and learning within the centre.
 
While you can certainly do these things on your own as a stay at home parent, you end up putting quite a bit of pressure on yourself to make sure that your child is adequately learning what other children are in early childhood education centres and making sure they’re ready for their first day.
 
Beyond learning, basic socialisation is also an important benefit of these centres. Not only will they have other kids to play with every day, but they’ll be able to learn sharing, playing nicely, and teamwork in a safe and monitored environment. They’ll also progress in understanding social cues, like how to react appropriately to a response or stimuli.  
 
Encourage reading
 
Reading is single handedly one of the best ways to develop your child’s vocabulary, retention, language,  grammar, and spelling skills. The best thing about books and their ability to teach, is that your child doesn’t even know that they’re learning while they’re reading. When children physically see sentences strung together in a book, they subconsciously learn how sentences ought to be structured.
 
Think about when you read, and how your brain naturally sort of reads the sentence aloud, in your head. You’re almost listening to yourself read way up somewhere in that brain tissue, which means you’re getting the benefit of both auditory learning and visual learning. Besides sentence structure, you’re also seeing words sometimes hundreds of times in a book, which both helps you be able to recall it later when needing to spell it, as well as providing context for the word to understand its meaning.  
 
Even when your child is still too young to read for themselves, by reading aloud to them, you’re developing their listening and retention skills, along with many other benefits.
 
Financial habits
 
Many kids complain about leaving high school and going out into the “real world”, and having no real skills to be able to deal with the responsibilities of adulthood. They aren’t really sure how to budget, or even how to pay their bills, let alone the significance of paying them on time.
 
Because of this, do your child a favour and encourage good financial habits right away. For example, as soon as they’re old enough to understand a bank account, set them up with a joint account with yours, and encourage your child to deposit a certain amount of their allowance, gift money, or any other funds coming in into the bank account.
 
If your child wants an expensive new item, show them how to budget and save for it. If your child gets an allowance, work through it together to find out how much money they’ll need to save from their allowance to afford it. You can make it fun and exciting for your child by offering to match their savings, or giving them a bonus gift if they save a certain amount. Try using some of these other ideas as well to get your child excited about saving.
 
Be involved at your kid’s school
 
You won’t know what the problems are at your child’s school or early childhood education centre unless you stay involved. Make sure you meet your child’s teacher and ask questions about what their teaching philosophy is and how they plan on helping your child meet the class goals. If applicable, don’t miss any of the school conferences.
If you have the time, a great way to really see the inner workings of your child’s day care, education centre, or school, is to volunteer. You’ll get a first hand look at how your child’s day is run, and get to know your child’s educators and staff much more intimately. Besides that, this gives you an opportunity to network for yourself, making connections and maybe even friends!
 
Talk to your child
 
Talk to your kid about school, friends, and everything everything else they’re willing to open up about, and don’t forget to be open with them as well. Having frank, open and honest conversations with your children is such an easy way to help your child develop their emotional skills and communication skills, as well as spending quality time with them.
 
Having conversations with your children, even at a young age when not a whole lot of their words even make sense, helps foster your child’s language development as they listen and hear you pronounce certain words. It will also help you identify any issues early on with your child’s language, like speech impediments or disorders.
 

 
When in doubt, remember what you’ve heard a million times before: you are not alone. No one really has this whole, child raising thing, down to a science. And no one really quite knows if they’re doing the right thing for their children. The best you can do is love your child unconditionally, be consistently supportive of their dreams, their hopes, and their accomplishments large and small, and your child will already have a great chance at success in every sense of the word.
 

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