Parenting skills are not just limited to refereeing your children’s fights or cooking nutritious meals. Have you ever considered the possibility that you as a parent can pave the way for your child’s greatness?
As this video shows, sometimes the greatness of our kids looks differently than we anticipate.
How do you pave the way for the greatness of others?
How can you pave the way for your child to become great?
Paving the Way Parenting Skills #1
Recognize your child’s unique strengths. Take the time to get to know your child’s gifts and abilities. Don’t force him or her into your mold. Celebrate their uniqueness, and let them follow their strengths and desires.
Paving the Way Parenting Skills #2
Help your child reach his potential.
Once you have pinpointed your child’s skills or abilities or strengths, it is your job to water it–or have it watered by others–so that it keeps growing to greatness. You can water that seed–that potential–by:
- Praising even the smallest step in the right direction. No improvement should go unnoticed and unacknowledged.
- Show interest in your child’s achievements by paying attention to his thoughts and feelings.
- Encouraging and supporting your child’s dreams, even if you inwardly doubt them.
- Encouraging him to set his own goals; do not put your expectations on him.
- Providing opportunities for your child to learn how to develop his talents.
Paving the Way Parenting Skills #3
Step out of the Way.
Once your child has locked in on his skills, once she’s well on her way to realizing her potential, it’s time for you to step out of the way. This does not mean that you back off and become a disengaged parent; it simply means that you do not interfere with the lessons that they are learning. You let them reap what they sow; learn from their mistakes, and fight their own battles. They cannot reach their own personal greatness if you are making life easy and smooth for them every step of the way.
Watch your child soar!
Somehow we’ve come to believe that greatness is reserved for the chosen few, for the superstars. The truth is greatness is for all of us. Find Your Greatness. Because greatness is not in one special place, and it is not in one special person. Greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it.
If you’re looking for greatness to be a full-ride scholarship to a D-1 school, or an chance to play in the NBA, or even making the all-star team in little league, I think you’ve missed the point. The point is this: helping your child find his greatness is really nothing more than helping your child learn to soar.
This post was sponsored by New York Life.
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