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Preparing Your Child for a Successful School Year . . . and Life

March 7, 2018


 If you can help instill these principles in your kids or your students, studies show they will be far more equipped to achieve success.

  1. Hard work and tenacity drives success, because effort is what brings ideas to fruition.

  2. Compassion and generosity is what it will take to repair the world and serve others.

  3. Social and emotional intelligence is what fosters empathy and collaboration, and collaboration breeds success.

  4. The ability to respond to constructive criticism with self-improvement and without defensiveness fosters personal and career growth.

  5. Creativity and innovation is what it will take to generate the best ideas, especially those that only people who can think outside-of the box will produce.

  6. Resilience is what it takes to navigate life's bumps and bruises and to thrive through good times and bad.

  7. Expect all children to put in their very greatest effort

  8. Praise effort rather than grades, scores, or results. Lots of research proves that children praised for their intelligence or grades may grow to fear failure whereas those praised for effort seek opportunities to continue trying.

  9. Accept that all people are uneven. Rather than making children feel like failures when they do not excel, guide them to learn about themselves as they discover what comes easily and what is a struggle, what interests them and what bores them.

  10. Remind them that successful people excel at something, not everything, and that interesting people continue to explore what fascinates them, especially when it poses a challenge.

  11. Encourage the creative arts that foster creativity, and never suggest that "nonacademic" subjects hold less value.

  12. Encourage athletics because physical activity will serve as a lifelong stress reduction strategy and some of the best collaborative skills are learned on the field.

  13. Help children to think outside of the box even if their initial thoughts are not fully grasped by others.

  14. Encourage social interactions because they are not a waste of time. Part of the work of childhood and adolescence is to learn how to interact with others.

  15. Above all, give the unconditional love that is the protective force children and adolescents need to be resilient.

Let us know how these principles are making your teaching experience and your kids learning experience better. We love hearing from you

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