In the near future, your child will be going to college. You hope that they have the know-how to thrive in this new environment. Do you ever wonder what the key criteria is for your child’s success?
This quote from Calvin Coolidge says it all:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Great quote, but how do I instill persistence and determination in my child?
Parents should not protect their children from all of life’s hardships and shield them experiencing failure. Children learn from their mistakes. Failure is a part of learning.
When well-intentioned parents coddle and enable their children, they are raising young adults who will be insecure in their abilities and lack confidence to overcome life’s obstacles.
For example, don’t nag them to finish their homework. Let them resolve issues at school with teachers and other students. Put them in charge of getting up in the morning and getting to school on time. Allow them to suffer the consequences of their actions. Don’t rescue them, unless you were planning on moving into your child’s dormitory for four years?
Kids need to learn how to think for themselves, solve their own problems, and cope with stress. How can a child develop self-confidence when a parent is hovering over them?
Without persistence and determination, your child won’t get a college degree, build a career, or keep a job. Let’s not forget about getting married, buying a house, or raising a family.
Mom and dad, the choice is yours:
- Enable and protect your child from all of life’s difficulties, or
- Equip them with the skills to be successful in college and life.
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