Many of us believe, accurately or otherwise, that our children have a better chance of succeeding if they do well in school. In our eagerness to push them in this direction, we may pressure them to study harder. Many parents forget that children need to play as much as they need to go to school. But academic success does not guarantee happiness. Not all children who do well in school become successful in life.

It’s important to remember that each child is talented in his own way and has the potential to become successful. Check out the tips below to learn how you can increase your child's chances of success as an adult.

These FN articles give more tips on raising children who are happy and well-rounded:

(First published in
Good Housekeeping Magazine, Good Family section as "Keep It Real" in July 2007; adapted for use in Female Network)
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