As well as developing your child’s core life skills, you will find that there are certain skills of your own that you may also need to develop, especially if you were raised by parents who did not follow a child-raising strategy similar to the How To Raise A Happy Genius philosophy. These include how to use praise to help your child learn persistence (and it’s not how you would think!), how to effectively use rewards to encourage your child, how to use nudges to change your child’s behaviour, what wise psychological interventions are and how to avoid accidentally creating unwise ones, how to deal with money in front of your child, how to deal with other people in front of your child so that they learn how to interact with others in a positive way, how to encourage them in a way that is appropriate to your child (remembering that each child is different!), how to listen to your child effectively, and how to work out how your child perceives the world and how it might vary from the way you see it. These are an odd set of skills, and many may well be unfamiliar to you, but they are as important for raising a happy genius as the core skills outlined above. This is because you cannot hope to teach your child the required core skills if you do not have the skills to do it, but don’t worry, all of them are very logical, straight forward and easy to learn, once you know what they are, and each of these will be covered in more detail in specific posts on this site. However, if you want a sneak preview of them now, , most of them boil down to one key concept: Raising a happy genius is not a friendship or a dictatorship. Instead it is a partnership where you are the senior partner, and as with any partnership, you both need both mutual respect and trust in order for it to succeed.
So these are all key skills that you, as a parent, need to develop in order to raise a happy genius, and as this site grows, we will explore specific parental skills in more detail.
About The Author: This post was written by Colin Drysdale, the creator of How To Raise A Happy Genius.