Raising a child is probably the most difficult job one will ever face in life. Still, it is one of the most rewarding jobs as well. No one practiced for being a parent before they became one, which is precisely why you have to carefully analyze your own actions, and perceive your child as a small human being with a big soul that needs proper guidance. Raising your child to be a leader doesn’t have to mean anything different from raising your child to be just, confident and independent.
Encourage children’s self-belief
Believing in oneself poses a big problem for many adults, let alone kids. As a parent, you can start encouraging your child as soon as possible. Of course, simple praise for a well-played game or learned word might seem irrelevant to you, but gradual process like this means a lot for a child’s confidence. Of course, this doesn’t exclude reprimand when the child deserves it. The trick is to stay calm and approach the child as equal when explaining why something is wrong, and let the children arrive to the conclusion on their own. Never compare them with other children, but you can compare them with themselves. Tell them about the importance of believing in yourself and give them examples of their own success in this regard.
Trust and responsibility
All parents want to protect their kids from both real and imaginary dangers, but keeping your child under a glass dome is only going to make them feel insecure and overly dependent later on. Therefore, trust your kids and give them tasks to do, in order to make them feel responsible. This doesn’t have to be anything too demanding but baby steps can reach great goals. Moreover, by being responsible for small house chores, taking care of a pet or even dressing themselves, children will also learn to think for themselves. Decision-making and independence are two of the main leader traits.
Kindness and self-respect
The biggest challenge of them all might be trying to instill the value of being just. Most adults have this problem too. Being too proud and arrogant are not good leader characteristics, which has to be carefully explained, as well as shown to a child. Moreover, promoting kindness to others should be done with certain balance. The most important thing kids have to learn is that the kindness is free and wonderful, but that they should expect the same treatment. Being kind and just doesn’t mean that they have to deal with being put down by others.
Proper choice of toys
Creative thinking is a big part of child’s development and focus to leadership later in life. Toys can help greatly in this department. Allow your kids to play with toys, or engage in games that require their constant creativity and imagination. What’s more, superhero toys and role play can encourage them in the right direction and provide a good role model.
Enrolling your child in kindergarten or child care centres, is a smart move since children benefit a lot from being around other kids. What’s more, professional staff in kid’s educational centers do their best to make the kids socially comfortable and confident in speaking up. Thanks to many educational games they develop problem solving skill and learn to work with others as a team, which is indispensable for a future leader.
Make sure that the lessons and talks you give to your child are supported by your own example. It’s not what they hear that makes the kids good leaders, but what they see. By accepting the children’s unique interests and preferences, you can make them grow up to be the best version of themselves.