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Broken Home: 4 Ways Home Life Impacts Your Child’s Success

Most parents want their child to succeed to ensure that they have stability in life and reach their full potential. Although the type of education that children receive is important, children obtain most of their success from their home life. There are a few ways to understand how a child’s life at home will set them up to succeed or can cause them to fail.

1. Develops Security

Children who have a healthy home life with strong relationships with their family members will feel secure as they go out into the world. This allows them to have a support system and to feel empowered to dream big with their personal and professional goals. It’s important for parents to nurture the child’s strengths and passions to ensure that they understand who they are and that they have unique qualities that make them an individual. Regardless of how structured your home may be, your child needs to know that you care about them. That sense of belonging and love can exist whether you have a solid relationship with your spouse or if you are raising your children on your own. Let them believe they are loved with your words and your actions.

2. Determines Personal Values

The home is where children begin to form their values, which can include succeeding in school to helping other people in life. The example and lessons that are established by the parents will allow them to obtain the same set of values, making it important to stress the importance of studying hard and setting personal goals. No matter how busy your schedule is, make an effort to set time aside to check in with your child and their progress with their achievements. Set goals with them and encourage a weekly checkup to keep themselves accountable.

3. Develops Self-Confidence

Children first obtain their self-confidence in the home at an early age and look to their parents to encourage them with who they are as an individual. If children are verbally abused or are emotionally neglected, they’ll have a lack of confidence with how they approach education and their career. If children are emotionally or physically abused, it’s important to seek professional help from someone with a degree in social work to ensure that the kids are cared for. It can be difficult to provide this type of support as a single parent, but there are options available for further help if needed. Don’t hesitate to talk with someone if you need counsel in the matter.

4. Provides a Perspective on the Outside World

Children’s view of the outside world begins with how they are raised and how safe they feel in the home. Parents who have a constant fear of the world will make it difficult for children to thrive while those who encourage children to take on new challenges can feel more equipped to explore and travel. Love your child, but never shelter them from the conflicts and infirmities of the world. Be the safe haven, the person they can come to when life gets too overwhelming. Encourage them to chase after their dreams and interests. Provide endless support if they fail.

Although there are a number of factors that ultimately determine your child’s success, the home life is the most important part that influences how much they accomplish and how well they develop. By creating a safe and nurturing environment, children will feel equipped and qualified to succeed with their academics and emotional well-being.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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