How easy it is to try to live out our dreams through our children! We see our kids as a reflection or extension of ourselves, and this is true to a certain extent. We do carry the same genes after all! However, sometimes our expectations for our kids are unrealistic. We may expect them to take over the family business, to always be the top of the class, or to finish first in the race even though we never did.
* Children should not be forced into interest/career roles that do not suit them. They need to be recognized for their own strengths, not other's expectations.
* Even though it is good to set expectations for children, the goals need to be achievable and include things they personally excel in or enjoy.
* Every child needs to be valued for who they are, with their own unique skills and abilities.