4 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO TO SECURE YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE

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It’s been said that good parenting is the building block of a great society, therefore a lot is expected of parents. However, most parents do not level up to expectation, and that is very sad.

Great parenting is not only about providing your kids with clothing, shelter or feeding (in as much as those are non-negotiable) but it also encompasses everything you do to make their future a prosperous and a purposeful one.

This article is basically about how you can prepare your child for the future, but it is also important that you as a potential parent prepares for your child – preparing for your child could be as simple as deciding that you’ll save towards your child’s future, even while you are yet a parent. Having gotten the above out of the way, here are four important things you need to do to secure your child’s future.

1-PARENTAL BONDING

In order for you to be able to bond with your child, you have to be a friend. Being friends is not served on a platter, as there are couple of factors at play. One of which is you being able to see through the eyes of a child, even while you’re trying to maintain the boundaries of the parent-child partition.

Why Is A Parent-Child Bonding Important

According to a popular online site with a lot of articles on parenting, thepillarsclc.com – the  relationship between a parent and their child is a unique bond that nurtures the holistic growth and development of a child. It lays the foundation for their behavior, personality traits and values

Benefits Of A Parent Child Bonding

Having established the importance of a parent-child bonding, let’s look at some very important benefits of a parent child bonding.

  • A secure attachment with parents helps promote a child’s cognitive, emotional, and social development.
  • The healthy involvement of parents in a children’s day to day life can ensure that their kids can perform better socially and academically.
  • Children who have a secure and positive relationship with their parents learn essential skills and values that set them on a path for future success.

Ways You Can Strengthen Your Bond With Your Child

  • Always express your love for them
  • Validate their feelings
  • Eat meals together
  • Give them attention
  • Respect their space when necessary.

2 – EDUCATE YOUR CHILD

Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Ensure your child benefits from all of the above through the various educational methods such as teaching, training, storytelling and discussion. Education can be formal and informal, please ensure your child experience both not one.

3 – HELP YOUR CHILD ACQUIRE IMPORTANT SKILLS

According to Merriam Webster dictionary – Skill is the ability that comes from training, experience or practice.

In order for your child to be able to compete and win socially and economically, there are couple of skill sets the child must possess. Some of which can be categorized as follows:

  • Soft skill: in line with the scope and direction of this article, the rate at which a child develops some or majority of these soft skills can greatly be influence by parental action or inaction. Here are some highly important soft skills – adaptability, communication, persuasion, creative thinking, work ethic, team work, time management, motivation, problem-solving, critical thinking and conflict resolution. All of which can be useful should the child want to run a business whenever he or she is of age.
  • Hard skills: According to Investopedia – Hard skills are learned abilities acquired and enhanced through practice and repetition. Examples of useful hard skills for your child are – Computer programming, computer graphics (UI/UX, photography, video production, animation), electrical/electronic/robotics, music (performer, music production), acting/film making and many others. These hard skills can be encouraged at a basic or intermediate level, and as the child grow older, it is easier to be successful, considering the early influence derived from such activities.

So, help your child pick up essential skill at every stage of their growth, do not wait till they are young adults of 18 years old.

4 – SAVE UP CASH FOR THEM

This to me is the most essential and important part of this article, the first and the last, the beginning and the end, but I will not call it the alpha and omega that would be blasphemous. 😁

However, I refer to it as the beginning and the end only in the context of this article – because to me, if you cannot safeguard the finance of your child in this day and age, I kid you not, you are bringing your child into an ocean filled with sharks and whales.

So before you think of having a child in this monopolized world, you must be prepared, to financially save up for your child. This is important because by the time you’ve given him/her all the education, training, grooming and skill acquisition possible, he or she would need to deploy such acquired knowledge and skill, and in doing so, finance/funding would be needed. Why put your child in an ocean filled with sharks and whales, when you have the ability to buy him/her a danger free ocean. The concept I’m putting out here is backed up by scriptures from the Holy Bible – Proverbs 13:22

Examples Of People That Benefited From The Above Concept.

  1. Bill Gates: In as much as Bill Gates success story started from a less competitive era, his parents still supported him in every possible ways they could. They supported him morally and financially, also, they were able to bond with him, applying the principles outlined in section 1 of this article.
  2. Aliko Dangote: Aliko Dangote is another figure that emerged in a less competitive era, and even at that, he still had all the support he needed financially to complement his entrepreneurial ability.
  3. Jeff Bezos: Jeff Bezos is currently the richest man in the world, a fit that might not be possible had it been his parent didn’t invest the huge amount of money they invested into his idea.

Benefits Of Saving Up For Your Child

  • By saving up money for your child, you have simply made it easy for them to defeat unemployment; as such savings should be targeted towards investment and entrepreneurial purposes.
  • You are positioning your child to becoming a valuable human resource for the society; because if such child should start a business as an adult with the savings he/she met on ground, other members of society can be gainfully employed through such venture.

How To Save Up For Your Child

You can simply open an account for your child; an account that cannot be withdrawn from, untill a particular set time. There are several of such banking products in traditional banks and also savings and investment fintech startups with products that serve such needs as the one being discussed here.

From here on, all you need do is save a token every week or every month, depending on your cash flow status. Before the child comes of age, you’d be surprised on how well you have performed.

CONCLUSION

Investing in a child is a task that we all must take really seriously, as the children of today are the future which we call tomorrow. We must actively empower them at the right time putting into consideration everything they need to succeed, even as we know that the world is getting more competitive, and if a child is not empowered with the right tool and resource, such child will not be able to compete.

Therefore, as a potential parent, you need to be prepared for your child, and as a parent, you need to prepare your child for the future.

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