Educated, driven parents produce successful children

William T. Robinson, Jr.

It has been proven time and time again, that highly educated parents (who truly value education) have a higher degree of success in rearing successful and productive young adults. It is even more apparent in parents with secondary and higher degrees, navigating in the professional arena.

Studies and research reveal that parents who are college graduates or have some college under their belts are more likely to push and stress their children to be more academically inclined. Their children are more likely to go to college and pursue professional careers. Many entrepreneurs are products, inspired and nurtured by academically driven parents.

Now there are some parents who may not be college educated or didn’t graduate from high school who work assiduously with their children to make sure they attain the academic advantages they, as parents, may lack. Realistically, we must take into consideration that all children in spite of the honorable intentions of some parents are not always successful. Mind you, there are always exceptions to the rule, especially with children who balk or rebel against academic objectives regardless of the best efforts of the parents.

Children tend to excel when academically motivated and put to task, whether reared in a single parent home or two-parent household. However, make no mistake, there are advantages that come from affluent neighborhoods with exceptional schools with unlimited resources and opportunities for exposure. But economic disadvantages don’t have to keep a creative and determined parent from finding ways to compensate for the teachers or resources that may be lacking in their community schools.

Parents determined to produce highly successful children are unapologetic in their quest to offer their child the best educational opportunities and programs possible. These are parents who respect the fruits that come from education and are dedicated in personally developing a program that will help mold their child into becoming successful, productive adults.

Most young children don’t know what is best for them, especially during their formative years. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide the guidance and tools they think will best stimulate and aide in   their child’s growth during the transition from child to adult. This sometimes results in critics admonishing some parents for being too pushy and completely insensitive to the wishes of the child. They may direct the child into areas (whether in the arts or sports) when the child is adamantly opposed to such interaction. Judgment on these parents can be a slippery slope, because exposure is everything. In many cases a child doesn’t really know what they want until they are exposed to that activity or academic program.

Often a child will eventually thank a parent for their pursuit to involving them in an activity or program they originally hated after they learn to excel and eventually love the activity. Make no mistake, in the development of your child you will have to utilize trial and error in trying to help your child reach their full potential. This may involve introducing them to many activities enhancing their social, emotional, and academic development. The child will usually see that such venues prove advantageous to them developing into a full, productive and successful adult. However, it should be obvious when a prescribed endeavor may be detrimental to the emotional, psychological, and mental well being of that child. This may necessitate pulling in the reigns. Regardless of one’s economic situation, remember exposure is paramount. Prioritize learning trips, visiting the library and ‘one on one’ time. Read to and listen to the child, and have meaningful discussions with your child.

It is important for a parent to understand that they should be the most instrumental teacher in their child’s life. Don’t put all the responsibility on the teachers in the child’s school. Preparing a child to be a successful and productive young adult is time consuming and nothing to take lightly. But the results are worth it.

As a parent, you get what you invest in your child. Too many times you find parents with dreams of their child playing professional sports as adults. Prioritizing athletics over academics doesn’t always pan out and the child loses in so many ways. Parents should set a precedent where both academics and athletics can be achieved, but academics should always be prioritized. Pushing academics is crucial for educated, driven and professional parents who are adamant in producing successful and productive children.