Parents are always worried about their children, and want to do what they can to help them have the best advantage they can. Most parents want their children to be strong of mind and spirit. A parent feels far more comfortable when they know that their child is assured of themselves, and know that they have worth, as this will help them not give in to peer pressure. Of course, the following five tips will help a parent teach their child how to raise a take-charge kid:
1. Let them solve their problems. You can’t have a child who is going to take charge if you always step in when they are faced with a dilemma. Even if you desperately want to help them solve their problems, check yourself. A child has to learn to face their problems, and overcome them on their own. If they ask for your help, it is fine to guide them to a solution, but let them get there on their own.
2. Improve esteem. A take charge child has to have self-esteem. Without esteem they are not going to feel they are of worth. A child who does not know their worth will not give ideas or take control of a situation because they will doubt their abilities to do so. So, help them build that esteem. You do this by helping them have a way to feel good about themselves. The most ready way is to help them find something they are good at. Whether it is music, dance, academics, or something else. You want them to develop a talent, and to feel good about who they are. Tell them how great they are, help them feel loved, and help them find something within themselves that they can hold to.
3. Chores, responsibilities, etc. A responsibility is going to teach a child the ins and outs of taking charge. A child who has never been given a responsibility will not know where to start if asked to take charge. Given responsibilities will help them learn how to wade through obstacles, follow through despite the things that get in the way, and more.
4. Let them lead. Help yourself raise a take charge child by encouraging them to leadership. This does not have to be leadership such as being a school government member, but it can be leadership within the family. For example, you may have a family night, and let your child be in charge of planning it, and leading the family from one activity to the next. You can let them lead the clean up of the house on a Saturday morning, etc.
5. Let them grow up. It is easy to baby your child, and continually do things for them, snuggle them up, and keep them as your little boy or little girl, but you are not doing them any favors in doing this. A babied, or pampered child, will be hard pressed to become a take charge kid, as they will not know how to do things for themselves.