My recent interview with Jonathan Wai, Ph.D. in Psychology Today outlines 9 ways to improve your child’s chances for success. The article has inspired much discussion online. What do you think of my “success” list below? Share your comments and join the conversation.
1. The crib as a metaphor for raising a child: kids need boundaries so they can have guidance but also freedom.
2. One way of setting boundaries is limiting screen time: “If we use them as pacifiers and think our children are going to get smarter we make a mistake”
3. Realize that your child may not be just like you, and that can be a good thing.
4. Be flexible in your expectations: “Toddlers are not there thinking they want to make you look good.”
5. Let your child play and have the freedom to create and fail in their own way.
6. Despite the pressure, try to give your child the space to grow and develop.
7. Adjust your definition of success, especially for your young child at this time.
8. Realize that being a parent of a young child is hard, and it’s okay to admit that.
9. Learn to let go: “This will pass. Mine were like this once and now they are adults. Enjoy these years all you can.”