Kids with their grandfatherEvery parent dreams of seeing their kids be successful. While you may take inspiration from self-help books and effective parenting styles to allow your kids to reach for their dreams, interestingly, science has a thing or two to teach about the subject as well. Curious? Here are the science-backed ways you can raise successful kids:

Live in a good community

Studies show that the environment plays a big role in your kids’ disposition in life. The place people grew up in sometimes influences whether they’ll be doctors or outlaws. Now, your children may have the potential of saving lives and becoming a doctor, having inherited your wits and intelligence, but in order to cultivate that, they need to be exposed to an environment that lets them exercise these innate traits. It’s a use-it or lose-it kind of phenomenon.

This is why picking a home for your family isn’t just about satisfying your dream home fantasies. It’s about finding a space where children will be near good schools that provide great opportunities and let them connect with peers who have a positive influence. If you’re considering relocation, you may want to check out homes in Kansas City and other good communities.

Affirm children the proper way

Constant affirmation from parents is good — if you do it the right way. Many parents tend to focus on kids’ traits, like intelligence or talent, and forgetting the effort kids put into acing an exam or qualifying for a singing audition. According to experts, showing appreciation to kids for their innate abilities, instead of the progress they make, makes them less likely to enjoy learning and strive harder. That’s because they subconsciously think that excellence is something you’re born with or you’re not.

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Rather than having a “fixed mindset,” as researchers would put it, instill a “growth mindset” to kids — that excellence is something they should constantly work hard for, given (or despite) the abilities they have (or don’t have).

Give them chores

Harvard research shows that people who were assigned house chores during their childhood years grew up to be more successful adults. In what way? They’re more independent, collaborative in group settings, and appreciative of being part of a community. Consider taking a time-off from putting clothes away and ask your child to do it themselves.

Raising successful kids isn’t rocket science when you have science to back you up. Now, go make your kids reach for their dreams.