In the interim before my next post, which is a response to Education Radio, I thought I’d share more uplifting news via TIME magazine. One of my life goals is to unlock the potential of those I encounter or work with; I felt this article written by Jon Schnur, co-founder of New Leaders and chairman of America Achieves, does a good job of describing some ways parents and others can set up children for success.
1. Read with your children!
2. Talk with your children!
3, Have clear and positive expectations.
4. Emphasize self-control and patience.
5. Encourage imaginative play and creativity.
6. Find a high-quality pre-school.
7. Limit the amount of television.
8. Be present for your children.
“I know, I know, all easier said than done. As a parent, I can assure you that many days go by when I don’t get these right. But these tips will work best if we don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good. Even if you have a bad week, keep at it. Kids are resilient and they love learning. They can catch up for lost time. Making progress will brighten your child’s future.”
Some may object but I don’t think there is a cultural bias at work here. I grateful for the sacrifices my mom made for me, and it’s important we prioritize early learning if we want to see future success.