Raising Successful Kids

Parents who raise highly successful kids have these 3 things in common

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The path to raising successful kids can seem nebulous. The avalanche of advice, some science-based and some not, can end up being more overwhelming than guiding. 

But there are common threads among parents who raise resilient, confident, well-adjusted children.

Here are three things parents of highly successful kids have in common. 

They teach empathy

Michele Borba is an educational psychologist, parenting expert, and author of "Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine"

One of the traits that separate successful kids from the herd is that their parents regularly modeled empathy for them, she wrote for CNBC Make It. There are a few ways you can do that:

  • Help your child build an emotional vocabulary by naming emotions in real time. It can be as easy as saying "You're happy" or "You seem bothered" 
  • Ask your child about their emotions. This can help them recognize how they are feeling and express themselves without shame. Try saying "How did that make you feel?"