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As parents, we want the world for our children; success being an important part of it. And while it doesn’t have a sure shot formula, there are definitive skills in you as a parent that can help your little one achieve some heights. A study backs our claim.
According to a 20-year-long study by the Pennsylvania State University and Duke University, there are 7 distinctive traits that are common among parents of successful kids. The research tracked over 700 children in the US, age between aged 3 and 25, and found a significant co-relation between their success and the presence of those specific traits in their parents.
So what are these traits and how can they help a child achieve success, let’s find out.
Sunder Pichai, CEO, Google
Parents of successful children are known to set high goals for them. In the process, they manage to make them understand the relevance of such goals. This is called the pygmalion effect, where ‘what one person expects of another can come to serve as a self-fulfilling prophecy.’
A very interesting example of this effect is Google's newest CEO Sundar Pichai. Given his excellence in academics, his parents had put in their all to send him to Stanford to study. This meant, applying for a loan and when they couldn't get one, they sold off their family's savings. Well, their efforts have clearly paid off.
Sachin Tendulkar, former Indian cricketer and captain
Good social skills always come in handy and can just as easily make your kid a favourite on the block. In fact, helping children develop social and emotional skills is one of the most important things that parents can do to prepare them for future.
And Sachin Tendulkar is one such case. Often called the ‘god’ of cricket, Tendulkar is known for his amazing social skills and humility, which he attributes to his parents. Once in Chennai, he met a group of disabled children. Among them, there was a boy who claimed to be his biggest fan. Tendulkar invited the child to play cricket with him. The child was so elated by the proposal that he instantly stood on his feet.
Designer Masaba Gupta with her mother and actor Neena Gupta
A research conducted by Harvard Business School said that children benefited significantly from having a working mother around. They also found that daughters of working mothers went to school longer, had a supervisory job and earned more than their own peers. Similarly, sons of working mothers pitched in to help around in household chores and childcare.
Celebrated designer and the new face of punk fashion, Masaba Gupta is the perfect example of this type of parenting. Born to noted actor Neena Gupta and famous cricketer Vivian Richards, Gupta carved a niche for herself in the fashion industry. So much so that she has become the ‘go-to' designer for all young fashionistas in the country.
Rohan Murty, junior fellow, Harvard University
Parents who have attained higher education are most likely the ones who understand its importance and therefore, motivate their child to do the same. In fact, a 2014 study led by University of Michigan psychologist Sandra Tang found that mothers who completed higher education were more likely to raise kids who opted for higher educational.
Rohan Murty, currently a junior fellow at Harvard University is one such case. His mother Sudha Murty began her career as a computer scientist and engineer after completing her education from Indian Institute of Science. Currently, being the chairperson of Infosys Foundation, her claim to fame is writing in Kannada and English besides indulging into social work.
His father and founder of Infosys, N.R. Narayana Murty, is a master's degree holder from the IIT-Kanpur. Rohan received a PhD degree in Computer Science from Harvard University after graduating from Cornell University. Academic achievements seems to run in the Murty gene pool.
Shah Rukh Khan, actor
Children who receive the much-needed care and support from their parents in the first three years of their lives are said to do better in academics and are able to build healthier relationships later in their lives.
And who else than Shah Rukh Khan fits the bill best. Khan, who is known to be a hands-on father, is a multi-tasker in his own right—he makes sure that he spends quality time with his family despite spending time delivering blockbusters. In fact, in many of his interviews, Khan has mentioned his closeness to his father Mir Taj Mohammed, who was almost like a friend to him. Several experts suggest that parents who invest in early parent-child relationships are able to develop positive attitude and confidence in their children.
We say, so far, so good.
Indra K Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi
A new research by Brigid Schulte at The Washington Post says that when mothers are stressed to attain work-life balance, they may be negatively affecting their kids. This can also be true for fathers.
Nevertheless, we have one such example, where work-life balance has been smooth if not easy. Indra K. Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi Co has set the perfect example by creating a stress-free growth zone for her employees. That's because she understands that a stress-free environment at home can go a long way in one's career. She often attributes her success to the support of her parents and husband who were instrumental in creating a 'home'.
Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Member of Parliament
Parents with a high socio-economic status will be automatically inspiring their kids to achieve the status and live up to the 'society's expectations'.
Most Indian parents these days are taking the financial risks of sending their kids abroad for higher education. Member of parliament and the titular Maharaja of Gwalior Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia is one such example. He was sent abroad to complete his education by his father who was also a titular Maharaja of Gwalior. Scindia graduated from Harvard University and finished his MBA from Stanford School of Business.
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