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How to Prime Your Preschooler for Success

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Success is rare enough for everyone to want it. Even those who have grasped it and tried relaying the secret to others have seldom managed to truly fathom and explain it. 

As a parent, it’s only natural to want your child to succeed in all of their pursuits. But is there anything you can actually do to make this happen? There are some tactics that have been known to work, especially if they’re practiced and perfected from an early age. For example, allow them to try out different play equipment at a playground without your assistance, but stay nearby. 

Between the ages of 3 and 5, it’s time to slowly start preparing your little one for school. This will create a solid foundation for all of their future endeavors and guide them to become ambitious and self-assured.

How do I put my preschooler on the path of success?

Parents often focus on teaching preschoolers practical skills like recognizing letters, mastering the basics of reading and writing, and counting to 20. However, other abilities may be even more important. Here are a few.

Self-regulation and emotional stability

Perseverance is important when you want to achieve great success. It’s all about keeping your goal in sight and not letting setbacks upset you or deter you from following through. Children often have trouble dealing with setbacks, such as not being able to complete a task on their first try. They frequently get frustrated and give up as soon as they come across a hurdle. Some may even cry or throw tantrums. 

Teach them that failure is a normal part of life and help them get back on track. Give them a positive example by displaying patience and emotional control yourself.

Attention span

Being able to grapple with a difficult task and make it through to the goal without giving up are important aspects of any success story. And these skills take lots of focus. Concentration can be taught and practiced through activities that require laser focus.For example, you can do different crafts that require precision work, such as stringing beads on a thread or cutting small shapes. To make sure your effort is not undone, limit the amount of screen time they get. Children who spend more time on their phones have shorter attention spans.

Playing by the rules

When playing a game, rules help all the participants have a clear set of expectations and stay on the same page. And it’s much the same in life. There are rules to play by in every situation and the sooner children learn this, the better. They’ll only be successful within a system if they understand and adjust to its rules. 

So, use games to teach them how to follow instructions and why it’s important to do so. Give fair penalties for breaking rules and praise them when they adhere to them.

Getting creative 

Successful people often have fresh and groundbreaking ideas. They’re not afraid to think outside the box and share their imagination with the world. Encourage your child to develop and express their creativity through arts and crafts, storytelling, acting, and other creative pursuits. It’ll help their cognitive development and they’ll enjoy it as well!

Believing in yourself

Having support is great, but what about those times in life when you only have yourself to rely on? Of course, children are too young for complete independence and self-reliance, but now’s the time to plant the seeds of these invaluable character traits. 

You’ll do this by letting them explore the world on their own while assuring them that you’ll be there if they ever need comfort and protection. It’s okay to let them fail since this is an essential part of life. But teach them that it’s important to pick yourself up afterward and give them the necessary resources to do it.

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