STOP reading if your parenting goal is to raise a child who will survive. You learn that with zero effort, according to developmental psychologists.
It’s about the best parenting practices designed to give your child a competitive edge. You cannot do that with the same skill- set your grandparents used.
They’re All Getting Smarter
Did you know that the average child today has a higher IQ than the average child of just fifty years ago? Your child therefore needs a higher IQ than your grandparents did, just to have an equal chance.
This might sound daunting, but you don’t have to do much here either. All other things being equal, society does quite an OK job of creating the ideal environment.
A New Dream
Perhaps the most rapidly changing competitive arena is the world of work. The 70′s and 80′s ushered in a shift to service oriented economies in many developed countries. Information technology pushed manufacturing further in the background and across foreign boarders. No one knows how long this model will last. In fact some of the most savvy visionaries warn of the need for fundamental changes in the education of children business/finance if the U.S. is to keep its leading role.
What does all this have to do with parenting?
Age-old values our societies were built on once guarenteed success. Those values lost their enchantment since the 60′s. But they’re roaring back. The exception is that now they are required just to stay on an even playing field once again.
So it’s literally back to business with qualities like cooperation/teamwork, inner courage, confidence and responsibility. And in the new workplace adapting to rapid change seems to be a universally required skill.
The big difference now is that all of these qualities and skills are basic requirements, and they require a higher level of parenting skills.