Tips to Raise Happy, Successful Children

We all want the same things for our kids. We want them to grow up to love and be loved, to follow their dreams, to find success. Parents do many things to increase the likelihood of their child’s success — but it's easy to forget the misnamed "soft skills" and how hard work can really pay off.

While there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, here are a few tips that Inc.com says could help steer you and your child in the right direction.

1.       Give Responsibilities

The more you can convey to your child from an early age that he or she is making a unique contribution to the family, the greater the sense of self-worth. Demonstrate that it's good to pitch in and help those around you.

2.       Work On Social Skills

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Duke University tracked more than 700 children from across the US between kindergarten and age 25.  They found that helping children develop social and emotional skills as kindergartners  prepared them for healthy, successful futures as adults.

3.       Build Relationships

Teach your child how to create a connection and be able to foster relationships with peers and the community. Start with encouraging kids to perform small acts of kindness to build empathy. This can help build essential people skills and makes your kids better people, research shows over the long haul it makes them happier.

4.       Allow Success and Failure

Failure leads to skills that are essential for future success. While it is difficult to watch your child struggle, they'll never know the thrill of success unless you allow them to challenge failure. Through this, they develop the can-do attitude that lets them approach future challenges with the enthusiasm and confidence.

Most Importantly - Ensure that your child feels loved & valued.

Give hugs generously. Be patient. Be attentive. Have a sincere attitude. Appreciate the uniqueness of your child. Offer support and structure to provide security. A child that feels loved and valued is a child that feels understood, acknowledged, and respected.