These traits, says psychologist John Rosemond, are “the essence of true self-esteem and the key to success.”
Respect. Children who respect their parents will respect their teachers. As a result, they will pay attention to what the teacher says—and learn more. Let your children know you expect them to show respect for you and for all adults. And that, yes, sometimes they have to do things just because you say so.
Responsibility. Whether it’s remembering to turn in homework or keeping track of backpacks and books, schools need children to be responsible for themselves. You can teach your child to be responsible by assigning regular chores around the house. Helping your child develop a schedule can also build responsibility.
Resourcefulness. Resourcefulness is the ability to do a lot with a little. If you’ve ever seen a toddler spend time playing with the wrapping paper instead of the toy inside, you know that all children are resourceful.
But in too many homes, kids don’t have the chance to develop their own problem-solving skills. The causes, Rosemond says, are “too many toys, too many organized after-school activities and too much television.” Cut down on all three and your kids may spend their time more creatively.
These three traits need to be taught at home. And children who possess them will have what it takes to be successful.
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