10 Lessons for Raising a Future Leader
Is your child a high achiever? Is it making you second guess if you are doing the right thing? Parenting is never an easy job. As parents, we are responsible for raising them right. It becomes a little tricky if you are raising a future leader.
As a mother I often find myself wishing for a parenting manual. Unfortunately, there is no such thing. We learn as we go. Kids today already have big plans for their future. We need to make sure they follow through their plans.
But there are certain tips and tricks that can make it easier if you are raising a future leader. Here are 8 ways that can help you raise your future leader:
1. Let them Make their Own Decisions
Start with letting your child make their own decisions. Like which outfit to wear to school, what vegetables they want for lunch or dinner. This will allow them to rely more on themselves. Leaders often have to make the toughest decisions and making the right one takes practice.
Teach them to seek the benefits and drawbacks behind each decision they take. Also, let them know to ask advice from parents or elders before making the actual decision. If you we take all the decisions for them, they will never be independent.
Remember, decision making skills essential parts of their development stages and help them boost their confidence like nothing else.
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2. Allow them to Solve their Own Problems
You don’t always have to be the knight in shining armor for your kid. When they are faced with any problems, let them figure it out on their own. It doesn’t necessarily mean you are completely taking a back seat in parenting. Let them know they can ask for advice and suggestions if needed.
This way they will be more independent but will always seek help when needed. Allowing them to work things out on their own makes them more confident.
3. Let Failure Be the Teacher
Sometimes the decisions they make or the problem they solve might not work out well. It might fail. Allow them to learn from them. What they could have done differently. Let them stumble and fail.
When they make mistakes, they learn to accept failure and get right back up for the next challenge. As parents, we should take a step back once in a while. Hands-on experience can be the best teacher for them.
4. Teach them Teamwork
Teamwork is very important. Your future leader needs to learn how to work and cooperate with others. Engage them in team sports or activities. Start with simple things like working on a school project. This way they will learn to work better as a team.
They will be more focused on team effort and winning it for the team than as an individual. Teamwork is fun. It will also make their communication skills better. And teach empathy.
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5. Teach them to be Apologetic
Leaders own up to their mistakes and apologize when necessary. Teach your child to be apologetic when they make mistakes. They need to accept the responsibility and consequences of their actions. Saying sorry never hurt anyone and it is okay to be wrong about something. Teach them to be responsible and to accept their mistakes. That way they will be more humble.
You can set a good example for them by accepting your own mistakes and saying sorry for them. Children learn most from their parents. The examples we set for them will mold their future.
6. Allow them to Dream Big
Children go a minute a mile. They have high hopes and aspiration. Encouraging to achieve them boosts their confidence. No matter how impractical or impossible their dream may be, keep a positive attitude.
Always use encouraging words. That way they will give their best, even if the goal isn’t achieved. The important thing here is to set a goal and work at making it happen. Let them know they can achieve anything once they set their mind to it.
7. Work On Their Communication Skills
Let your child speak their mind. Whether it is ordering their favorite food at the restaurant or sharing thoughts and ideas. Save some alone time with your child. Hear their thoughts. Ask their opinion about things. Your child will feel free to share their thoughts and speak their mind. Instead of keeping their thoughts bottled up.
Listen to them. Encourage them to speak freely. Make them feel their opinion is valued. They, in turn, will become a good listener and value your thoughts as well.
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8. Praise their Effort Accordingly
Make it a habit to praise your child for the efforts they put in. Even if they fail, they tired and gave their best, that’s what matters. Make sure to let them know of this.
Of course, you are proud of your child, but praising them for everything will give them a false sense of confidence. You don’t want to do that. Praise accordingly. This will let them know that they are being appreciated.
9. Teach them to Keep Promises
It is important to teach our kids to keep their words. If they promised to take the trash out, remind them to do it. Children need to learn to stay committed to things. Allowing them to change their mind will make them flimsy. Keeping their words will make them focused.
We make promises to them as well. We commit to a lot of things daily. Children learn by example the most. When they see us keeping our words, they will learn the same.
10. Set Boundaries
Set some ground rules for your child. Make sure they stick to those. You are giving them the freedom of going certain things on their own. But as parents, you have to make sure they have some boundaries.
Boundaries will keep them grounded. It will make them respect others and be humble. Two important traits in any good leader. Teach them to stick to the rules. Make sure to let them know breaking them will result in consequences.
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All children are different. They look up to their parents the most. Be actively involved with them. Give them the do’s and don’ts. Allow them to grow. We are responsible for nurturing them in the right way. These tips will definitely help you.