Every parent wants to raise a healthy and happy kid. But as a child grows and the pressures to excel intensify, it's easy to lose sight of how to live a balanced lifestyle. From stress about grades and school to feeling like they have to be the most talented outside of the classroom, it can be difficult to know when pushing your child becomes detrimental.
"The goal as a parent is to help your child feel competent and confident, and to help her develop a sense of passion and purpose," said Susan Stiffelman, MFT, an educational therapist and author of Parenting Without Power Struggles. It's not only important to help your child develop their particular strengths but it's equally essential to teach them about failure. Kids need exposure to a variety of experiences without the pressure of having to be the best at everything. As a parent, take a break from the busy schedules — don't underestimate the power of downtime! — and check out these 14 steps to raising a well-rounded kiddo in today's high-pressure society.