Research shows that your child’s great personality is a better predictor of her future success than grades alone.
- Emotional Resilience: A resilient child wants to learn and doesn’t worry if she doesn’t understand the first time but keeps trying. Concentrate on congratulating your child for effort instead of test score.
- Intellectual Curiosity: Children who are eager to learn are invaluable because they think outside the box and learn from unconventional (trial and error) points of view.
- Open mindedness: A student committed to a lifetime of learning doesn’t worry that he doesn’t know an answer or has to ask a question. Encourage differences in opinion which might be valuable and interesting.
- Kindness: Encourage him to have a wide group of friends and make time to get them together more often, or let them choose a charity they’re passionate about and volunteer there.
- Discipline: Slow and steady wins the race. If your daughter learns how to balance her time, she’s ahead of the game. Research shows “discipline contribute more to school achievement than IQ does.
- Confidence: Let her start speaking up for herself with teachers and other authority figures. You might also want to role play with her as she gets older for future interviews, which will also help her feel prepared and confident.