We all want our children to succeed and reach their full potential. Here is what we can do to support and encourage our students as they discover what success means to them and pursue their goals and ambitions.
Erika Carson, Eds.
Trilogy Mentors, Chief Learning Officer
Guidance and Support
As a parent, you walk alongside your child to help them along their journey to success – supporting their “load” and steering them in the direction they need to go in order to achieve success. Success for each student is different. For some it may mean getting to the top, while for others getting half way there may be an amazing feat.
Start by asking your child the following:
What does it mean to you to be successful?
What type of smaller and bigger goals do you want to complete to reach success?
How will you know when you’ve successfully completed each goal?
What do you want to achieve during your sessions with your mentor?
What can I do to support you?
It’s also good to help them understand that success means different things to different people, and it certainly looks different for each parson. For example, explain to them that not every football player is going to make it to the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean that a player is not successful. In addition, for some, having a successful career in sports could mean being a player on the field, while others may want to be the game announcer or reporter.
Helping kids figure out their own definition of success and helping them figure out a plan for achieving success is just as important as helping them with the subject content they need for school.