Four Simple Principles Parents Must Buy Into…
- Pay Now, Play Later.
If parents are willing to bite the bullet now and not give in to every whim their child has, they actually build a healthy son or daughter who is ready for a happy life as an adult. Think “invest,” not “spend.”
- The Further Out I Can See, the Better the Decision I Make Today.
If parents will consider the long-term impact of their decision to rescue their child from hardship or prevent any difficulty from happening, they will be better leaders. Think long-term readiness, not short-term happiness.
- It’s Better to Prepare a Child Than Repair an Adult.
Parents are not raising children—they are raising future adults. Always think: I am a trainer. Everything we do each day either prepares them for their future or fails to do so. It builds their self-esteem or depletes it.
- Don’t Parent to Make You Happy—Parent to Make Them Healthy.
Let’s face it. Some of what we do for our children, we do because it makes us feel better as a provider, as a caretaker, and as a person who vicariously lives out some of our kids’ joys. Be sure what you do isn’t for you, but for them.
Remember: We must prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.