I haven’t met a single parent who don’t want their kids to be successful in their life. And as we all know, to date there is no fail proof document available for doing the same. However, when I read Millionaire women next door by Dr.Thomas J.Stanley I got some interesting insights on what habits of we parents make the difference..!! So here I share some of his findings who has been studying millionaire women for three decades.
1. Harmony/empathy: Most of these women were taught “how to get along with others” from their childhood itself. According to them, their parents ran a well organized household. Along with that, they were raised in a home atmosphere filled with love and harmony. They had respect for each other and their children. They were raised with faith in God. These tools of management eventually transformed these young aspiring minds to wonderful business leaders.
2.Initiative/leadership : For most of these kids, they were exposed to the elements like initiative, creative thinking, empathy for customer needs and leadership skills by their parents. Those who are not creative and bold enough to forge their own way to success will end up with following the crowd. Being different and creative were the qualities that were nurtured, not ridiculed. These parents always tried to praise and encourage the effort of their kids, rather than their victory.
3. Happiness/satisfaction : Most of these successful women share their parents had strong love of the life. And they were happy and contented. So, those from such a jovial family tent to be joyful and satisfied themselves. They rarely complained and always stayed positive and optimistic.
4.Independence: Most of these women’s parents encouraged them to be independent by wanting them to be strong and financially secure. They praised and encouraged them to earn their own spending money. Almost of these kids had early work experience, by taking up summer jobs or part-time jobs. I know how hard is for we parents to think about making our loved ones to do so. But the study gives us some confidence for doing the same…!! Let’s take a step forward by following strict discipline and giving them some responsibilities from their early stages of life.
5.Responsiveness: According to me, this is what what we parents lack these days…most of the time, we are busy with our own chores or on the phone/TV. The parents of these successful women always had time to listen. They tried to use positive incentives to uplift their kids, hardly punished them for getting low grades and tried to be open and friendly.
So, Let’s together work for nurturing bright and intelligent kids for a promising future. Share your thoughts on the same in the comment box below and if you like this post , don’t forget to share and click the follow button.