What The Parents Of Successful Children Have In Common

The Key To Successful Parenting There’s no precise formula for raising a successful child–but researchers have discovered a few parenting practices that definitely help. Harvard Professor Ronald Ferguson, author...

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The Key To Successful Parenting

There’s no precise formula for raising a successful child–but researchers have discovered a few parenting practices that definitely help. Harvard Professor Ronald Ferguson, author of the book “The Formula: Unlocking Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children,” says there are a variety of roles parents can play in their child’s development that create conditions for success.

The first role is the “Early Learning Partner,” in which a parent introduces learning as a form of fun to their toddlers. The second role is “the flight engineer,” in which the parent monitors their child’s environment to make sure they’re getting much-needed learning opportunities. Other roles follow as the child grows into adolescence, including “the revealer,” “the fixer,” and “the role model.”

In the course of researching his book, Ferguson studied the parents of CEOs of companies like 23andMe and YouTube, as well as the parents of U.S. Congress members. He also found that parents of successful children have a desire–which Ferguson called “the burn”–to be a good parent, and rise above their own challenges and past mistakes.

“Each of these parents had a vision of the kind of person they wanted their children to become. That vision, along with the burn, guided and inspired their parenting,” Ferguson said.

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