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10 Proven Tips to Unlock your Child's True Potential

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Did you know that every child is a genius and is extremely gifted in one thing or another? However, pressuring your child to realize their potential does not help. Instead, you should nurture your child's potential by providing a good environment, platform, and all the necessities that they need to unlock their potential. And here are 10 awesome tips to help you do that in the most efficient way.

Appreciate and acknowledge your child's accomplishments

Each day, children achieve and accomplish great milestones that should not go unnoticed. Praise, cheer, bless and endorse your child when he/she accomplishes something however little it might be. Recognize the effort that your little one is putting towards meeting new challenges or mastering new skills.

Praise your child for his/her first bike ride, skating, swimming, getting a date, a job, and even a car. This appreciation and recognition go a long way in uplifting your child, boosting the child's morale, and encouraging the child to do better. You should never criticize or judge your child as this can greatly demoralize him/her.

Expect great things

Never have low expectations for your child. Do not limit your child according to what you think he/she can accomplish. Instead, focus on letting your child know and realize that they can accomplish anything they want. This sparks interest in the child to achieve more, strive to be better, and expound their potentials.

You should positively tell your child that life turns out as you make it. If you want to limit your potential, then that's what will happen. This assertion will help your child get a conviction that he/she can be as good as anyone else and can achieve as much success as he/she aspires for.

Reprimand your child appropriately after making mistakes

When your child makes mistakes, you should reprimand him/her in a polite and loving manner. Avoid telling them shaming messages that are likely to tear them apart and damage their spirits. It is worth noting that shaming messages make a child feel humiliated, unworthy and make them feel less appreciated.
Reprimand your child positively by showing them that their actions are not acceptable and they should change and avoid repeating the same mistake. This way, your child does not lose his/her natural motivation, confidence, enthusiasm, and focus in life. When your child makes a mistake, you need to help the child pick up the pieces and put their life in order again.

Teach them decision-making and problem-solving skills

As a parent, you need to teach your child efficient ways of making decisions and solving problems. This will go a long way if you want to unlock their true potentials. Teach these skills at the earliest possible ages such as from 4-5 years. When children learn how to make decisions on their own, it becomes easier to choose between right and wrong. In addition to this, decision-making also helps children in realizing their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.

Encourage patience

Teach your child that good things take time and effort and that they do not occur instantaneously. Lack of patience is one of the main causes of greed, corruption and other social evils in the modern day society. Teach your child how not to want immediate gratification as true satisfaction. And success comes through persistence and patience.

The ability to address delays is one of the most important skills that you can teach your child. Remember that.

Accept your child as he/she is

There are many things in your child that you can help him/her change and improve on but you should accept their personality as is. You can motivate your child to change behavioral boundaries but you should never force them to change personality. This can send a message that your child's personality is flawed and might impact them negatively.

Accepting your children as they are goes a long way in helping them improve themselves. It's much better than wanting to change who they are to who you want them to be. This is crucial in helping them unleash their inner power.

Let your children set their own goals

One of the most common challenges faced by most parents is that they do not know when to stop and back off to allow their children to set their own goals. What you should do is guide your child on how to set goals but do not set the goals for him/her. Children find it easier to accomplish goals that they have set themselves rather than those that their parents have set for them.

The bottom line in you helping your child set goals is that you should never allow him/her set below-average goals and targets. This is similar to supporting failure which should not be acceptable in any way.

Teach your child to learn from experiences and mistakes

Experiences, whether good or bad are the foundation to success. Therefore, you should teach your child to learn from their mistakes and experiences. You should teach your child that it is alright to make mistakes but the experience should be used as a building block for greater success.

It is advisable that you use life experience to teach your child important life skills like kindness, sharing, honesty, and fairness. These are values that your child will need even after he/she grows older and explores greater success in life.

Raise their self-esteem

Low self-esteem is the principal hindrance to success and unlocking full potential in children. Low self-esteem hinders your child from realizing his/her capabilities, potential, and talents. As such, you should raise your child's self-esteem to unlock your child's full potential and enable the child to explore boundless opportunities.

The easiest way to raise your child's self-esteem is by encouraging them to be confident in themselves and pursue success. When you constantly encourage your child to be better and aim high in life, they will feel much more energized. And that's a good thing.

Encourage your child to realize their passion and talents

It becomes easier to be successful and unlock true potential in your child when he/she knows his/her passion, areas of interest and talent. This is because your child will enjoy unleashing full potential and thus achieve great things and accomplishments in life.

The secret of unlocking true potential in your child is by helping your child work for his/her success. Children feel more proud of things they have accomplished rather than those accomplished for them by other people including their parents.


It's one of your most important life quests to encourage your child to live an organized life characterized by success and the desire to achieve great things in life. This will naturally motivate your child to pursue success and unlock their true potential in achieving what they want to accomplish.

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Danny Nguyen

Danny is the main editor at My Parenting Journal blog. He loves sharing his experience about parenting topics, best practices, and products that help parents raise their children in the most efficient way possible.