Teach your kids to succeed- by taking a risk. teach your kids
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”inspiration” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Today we’ve been inspired by this article in The Momiverse, which is about teaching your kids to take risks and how this is an important building block to a successful adult life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”why is this important?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Taking risks is a tricky subject for a parent to navigate. Our natural instinct is to want to protect and the modern parenting attitude seems to be one of focusing on developing our children’s self-esteem. So we micro-manage and helicopter our kids in order to build up their successes and results, this approach is the polar opposite of the risk taking one, which is about going outside their comfort zone and exposing them to failure and rejection.

So which is better?

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so the success (or not) of any approach will only be evident when our kids are older. However, if you were to look back at your own life, I expect that had you ‘gone for things’ more, ‘put yourself out there’ without fear of consequence, exposed yourself to rejection and failure more often and been less affected by it, your life and career might well be in a very different place that it is now.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”so how to teach our kids?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]The great opportunity we have as parents is that we can create a safe learning environment in our homes for our kids. We can teach them skills and techniques that they can practice under our watch. This can then lay the foundations for them to develop and use when they become adults.

One technique we life at Lifehacksforkids towers, is an approach written about by Tim Ferriss author of The 4-Hour Work Week. He talks about a fabulous technique: ‘Define The Nightmare’. This involves imagining the worst possible case scenario, that could come about as a result of your desired action and then physically writing that down. This does three things:

  1. by defining this ‘irrational fear’ that had been previously running free in your mind, it immediately loses some of its ‘power’ over you

  2. you also put this fear in a mental box, which makes it feel like a smaller problem

  3. now the fear is defined, your can ask your brain to come up with solutions to this fear/problem- which of course, can help you to overcome the obstacles in your way

Now you have a practical strategy you can  teach to your kids (and use yourself), that you can apply to any situation, which will disarm any irrational fear that might be stopping you from taking a risk, or putting yourself out there.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”the daily lifehack summary” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1467378673693{border-top-width: 3px !important;border-right-width: 3px !important;border-bottom-width: 3px !important;border-left-width: 3px !important;padding-top: 40px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #ce879f !important;border-left-color: #58646d !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #58646d !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #58646d !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #58646d !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}”]

Teach your kids to take risks:

Step 1:  Define the ‘worst-case’ scenario you can imagine as a result of your choice or action- write it down.
Step 2: Now ask yourself to come up with solutions to this ‘nightmare’ you have described’.
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