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Setting children up for success

May 24, 2013

Here’s a life-changing idea…
“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”
–Ann Landers

In other words…
We want to assure our children’s success. We want to protect them from mistakes. As a result we may do too many things for them. We may tie their shoes long after they are able. With teens, we may try to make their decisions for them. One key to effective parenting is to let them do what they are able to do AND to stretch them to do slightly more than they can currently do comfortably. We keep them safe AND we help them grow.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
Allow your child to do what he or she is able to do. It may be picking up toys, doing laundry, or deciding when they will be most productive doing their homework.

To find out more…
about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey or See the World Through My Eyes programs at, follow us at or contact your local county Extension agent. You might also enjoy reading Between Parent and Child by Haim Ginott.

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