What steps can parents implement to imbue their children with a more positive and creative work
Instilling a go-getter attitude allowing the child to embrace creativity and knowledge.
Praising children often! Helping them establish routine and stability by setting good examples.
Bringing awareness to endless possibility for achieving success through encouragement to pursue dreams that are important to the child.
Setting standards and structure for the child to learn from a young age not just at home but will carry through life to help guide them in pursuit of a career.
Allowing the child enough space to keep their dreams high. Offering them assistance, guidance, and perseverance guidelines through role modeling these attributes.
Teaching children how to take advantage of opportunities that the world offers today through technology, learning new languages, traveling to different places.
Educating them through the eyes of top executives who made it to the top successfully and have maintained success through smarts and confidence.
Allowing them all the possible extra-activities that are offered, if affordable, if they want to pursue them to enhance their education.
YEEEEESSSS, what you have presented is the BEST type of education!
We had a simple rule. If you were not out doing something. Here is some work to do. If getting out and doing things becomes a habit. Cool. Then so does learning and working.
You could just give them praise and never tell them how to improve and creativity, unless they ask.
Just like school, each year is an accomplishment and brings on its rewards. So does chores at home, each thing assigned from little up is an accomplishment, a graduating experience to something new and more challenging. Anything boring can be made fun. Use your creativity to made one thing boring into a challenging game, a reward. It does not need to be money. Good deeds is not always rewarded with money. It's building a name for oneself! Become someone that others will look up to and want to be around you for your skill!
I'm not sure I'm the best one to answer this question, because I'm not sure if it is anything I have done or I'm just lucky to have great kids.
My 17 year old son has received no less than 200 requests from colleges nationwide asking him to apply. He is just starting his Senior year at High School and he already has a scholarship to one University. His grade point average has been no less than 98.5 since 8th grade. He has been Class President, Student Body President (currently). He is in the International Baccalaureate program. He has letter in sports. He has starred in 13 theatre plays outside school & several in school. He attends math contests. He came in second in a Shakespeare contest (the first in his school's history to even place). He he is popular with a lot of friends. He goes to parties all the time. Everybody likes him. And he is not afraid to try anything. He is now working a part-time job. And he is applying to Stanford & Harvard. I could go on and on. And this is just my son. My 14 year old and 10 year old daughters are also overachievers and following in their brother's footsteps.
If it is anything I have done, it may be the following. I raised my all 3 of my children from birth to now working from a home office. Many times my children went to work with me. I started a trend in my area where I brought my baby son to Family Court and House Closings; I'm an attorney. I think I got away with it, because I'm a man. I'm not sure a woman would have as it just struck people that a man was doing what a woman usually did. I started almost 18 years ago.
I have also read to my children and sat and played, burped, fed, cured the boo boos. I talked to my children and I still do. I tailor my talks to the age & the moment, but I always take time with each child to listen & encourage them in anything they want to do. I have never sworn at my kids; I have never hit my kids (I have a deep voice & that scares them enough.lol). I never tell my kids that can't do something.
Kids need positive encouragement. They need to know someone is always there for them. Friends come and go, but parents should be a base a child can always come to, no matter how old the grow. I also share my mistakes (age appropriate) and when I am wrong I admit so. I never let my kids forget I'm there parent, not another friend. My kids don't keep secrets from me. Even I can't believe that. I'm very lucky. Honesty & love goes a long way to make great kids.
Give them chores to do! Give them an allowance for being a contributing member of the family and EXPECT them to contribute, regardless of the allowance. (In other words, don't pay them to do what they should know to do on their own, and don't withhold their tiny paycheck if they fail occasionally.)
Give them as much responsibility and freedom as they can handle. Hold them accountable for the bad and praise the good they do. Let them try anything as long as it's safe and not likely to harm them or anyone else. (For example, chemistry or physics kit, art classes, dancing lessons, 4-H or Scouts, taking local community ed. classes even if they're the only kid in the room (with someone's permission, probably, like the teacher), community theater, creating their own web site/blog (but monitor it)...
Thanks to my parents, I could walk a tight rope, stand on someone else's shoulders, climb mountains and do rock climbing from the minute I could walk, took an archaeology class at the associate's level in 7th grade (got an A), I was programming our home computer in 6th grade. I read ee cummings, Kipling, Shakespeare, Poe, Twain, and Lovecraft in early grade school. I was an accomplished classical pianist by age 9 due to practicing 2-4 hours a day (my choice) and my sister was by age 5. My sister and I were taken to numerous famous and tiny museums and parks across the nation, and I met many artists and musicians and other performers and learned about their work ethic first-hand. I started my first business at age 6, selling hand-beaded necklaces at an arts and crafts show, and started polishing Lake Superior agates and growing salt and alum crystals without supervision when I was 7; I've done my own taxes since age 7--though my folks checked them for accuracy the first few years...
So, most of all, just give them opportunities and demonstrate work ethic and consequences. Show them what can be accomplished with patience, diligence, creativity, and perseverance; and perspiration, of course. And, let them see you fail--because real people fail often, too, even with good work ethic.
Let them be wild, with you as their control and compass/guide and safety net.
My sister is now a highly respected lawyer/manager, and I think I turned out okay too despite only having a B.A. (in Physics, writing minor). I wouldn't trade my parents or my childhood for anything, but it was very hard: being accountable to myself first and foremost for my work ethic and its results.
I too am a piano player Laura. It's nice to see another thing we have in common! Growing up on a farm, I believe 4-H is important these days, but most schools around here have closed. I find that very sad.
There is NOTHING like chores to build a great work ethic in a child. Being doing chores, children learn the positive feeling of accomplishment and self-sufficiency. This translates into academic and later, work achievement!
Children need to learn from their own mistakes and choices, whatever they choose to do it should worth their while
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