Published On: Tue, Jul 29th, 2014

Raising Successful Adults

Danielle Mantakoul

Danielle Mantakoul

BA of Ed Early Childhood and Editor at Mummy Weekly
She's described as one of the most engaging & dynamic speakers in the early childhood industry today, now having educated hundreds of thousands of parents & teachers. She has lectured for organisations such as KU Children’s Services, Only About Children, Qantas, National Australia Bank, Child Protection Australia, Goodstart and hundreds of council & private centres. She also developed and ran the popular parenting series for the Australian Financial Review.
Danielle Mantakoul

Raising the next generation of successful adultsWe all want our kids to grow up to be successful contributors to society, but how can we help them to succeed in their future careers when more than often they themselves have no idea on what they want to be “when I grow up”. For many career minded parents, it is of great importance to see their kids headed in the direction of being highly successful. If this is you and you are dreaming of your pint sized predecessor becoming the next CEO of some large corporation, then I have some tips for you on how to work towards this while keeping their individuality and your relationship in tact.

If we take a look at some of the skills leaders and successful CEO’S have:

  • They have great communication skills
  • They’re self starters
  • They are constant reflectors
  • They’re highly resilient

So if were trying to teach our kids some of these skills.

  • To create good communicators, encourage discussion, reading and reflection type activities such as debating.
  • To create self starters, encourage them to grab their passion and run with it rather than telling them to wait till they are older to learn more.
  • To create great reflectors, encourage kids to question, and to consider other points of view.
  • To create resilient kids, we must be supportive, but at the same time encourage them to take chances and promote a get up and dust yourself off attitude.

While molding a child into a successful adult, it’s important to understand that it shouldn’t be about what your kids do, but about how you can help them to become the best they can be, in what they choose to do.

People who make a career out of their passions have a greater chance of being successful. Passion drives you, implores you to question, investigate and persist, something that all successful leaders have. So to help our kids find these qualities within themselves, we need to help them find their passions.

We can do this by exposing them to a variety of experiences and to identify current interests where we can provide opportunities for further investigation.

For my 7yr old son, he’s had an intense interest in penguins for the last couple of years, so we borrow books about penguins, make clay penguins, draw penguins, youtube and google penguins, and have taken him to see penguins.

Sure his passion may change, but what I am doing here is showing him the resources around him that are easily accessible to help him learn more about this passion, and any other passion that may arise for him.

While doing this I have a plan, and if his passion continues along the penguin path then I will share it with him. If his passion changes, then I quietly adjust my plan. But for now, I see my role as a resource agent for his passions.

I encourage parents to run alongside their kids, rather than pushing them from behind because the last thing we want for our kids, is to join the high statistics of people who don’t like their jobs

Danielle Mantakoul
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www.mummyweekly.com.au

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