Arguably, the main goal of parenting is to rear responsible, contributing members of society, adults fully-capable of fending for themselves in the real world.
Knowing how to contribute to running a household and understanding appropriate ways for dealing with stress are two skills children should be learning and practicing by the time they are 18.
Children also need to learn that things will not always turn out as hoped but that they can benefit by learning from the difficulties they face.
Resilience, patience, kindness and respect are all character traits that can be fostered in children as early as five years old.
With skillful parenting, any child can be instilled with these tools for success.
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