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Raising Successful Kids

Good parents want their kids to stay out of trouble, do well in school, and go on to do awesome things as adults. And while there isn’t a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success. Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to the parents. Here’s what parents of successful kids have in common: They make their kids do chores They teach their kids social skills They hold high but reasonable expectations of their kids They have healthy relationships with their kids (have fun!) They encourage higher education They teach their kids math at an early age They encourage effort over fear of failure Raising children isn’t for the faint at heart, but the challenge is one well worth taking and the rewards are measureless!Read More

Questions Regarding Child Abandonment

How is Child Abandonment Determined in LA? Child abandonment is a term that is used to refer to a set of behaviors displayed by parents toward their children. It can mean different things in different states. In the State of California, it refers to a parent (or guardian) deserting a child without regard for the child’s health, safety, wellbeing, or welfare, with the intention of wholly abandoning them. In some cases it may also refer to a parent failing to adequately care for a child living in their custody. “Abandonment” usually refers to physical abandonment—i.e., when a parent takes a child somewhere and leaves them there, or a parent leaves a child at home with no intention of returning. In some cases, however, it may refer to “emotional abandonment.” This is any extreme emotional neglect of a child, in which they are deprived of physical contact or emotional support, bonding, or affection for long periods of time, often repeatedly. Child abandonment is considered extremely damaging to the child, who may suffer emotional, mental, and sometimes…Read More

Today’s generation of young people has not developed some of the life skills kids did 30 years ago, because adults swoop in and take care of problems for them. When we rescue too quickly and over-indulge our children with “assistance,” we remove the need for them to navigate hardships and solve problems on their own. It’s parenting for the short-term and it sorely misses the point of leadership – to equip our young people to do it without help. Sooner or later, kids get used to someone rescuing them: “If I fail or fall short, an adult will smooth things over and remove any consequences for my misconduct.” When in reality, this isn’t even remotely close to how the world works, and therefore it disables our kids from becoming competent adults.Read More

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