Redefining the measures of success for children

first_imgSuccess, a life-long objective, is planted in the minds of children at a fairly young age. Guided by notions of monetary and material value, children are sent down a path that could bear little meaning to their lives. So, to what end should we task our children with the pursuit of success?Children learn a lot from their parents and other significant adults that surround them. They look up to them as role models as well as benchmarks of success. However, these benchmarks, if not addressed early, can be overbearing. As parents, we need to think about how we want to define success for our children.Children who grow up following their parent’s expectations often find themselves lacking self-made goals. Like a weight on the back of a child, expectations can cause irrevocable harm. A study in the US found that the rate of depression and suicides among teenagers and young adults has increased.Requirement of changes in education systemTeenagers and young adults are finding it too hard to cope with the expectations placed on them. Today’s children, from a young age, are enrolled in classes that put them in a race against each other. The competition among peers and the requirement for better grades has spiked, but so has stress and anxiety. The education system needs to be reformed. These fixed goals, in terms of performance, often leave little room for the growth of creativity and intellectual flexibility, which is needed now more than ever to be successful in today’s world.advertisementTherefore, it has become imperative that we redefine the measures and meaning of success. Success, in itself, can be a measure of personal goals, yet at the same time; it can be an object of perspective. Sure, being successful can consist of a good career and a sufficient amount of funds, but we need to teach our children that success is so much more than just that.Success in terms of personal goals Children do not need to conform to fixed goals to be successful. However, it is important for them to set their own goals. Based on personal ambitions, structured goals towards success can help children attain the future they desire. When children set their own goals, it is easier for them to find the motivation to achieve their goals. Attaining these personal goals can be a valuable measure of success.Success in terms of mental and physical health The growth of social media has ushered in the need for an emphasis on health. It is important for parents to teach their children to have the right outlook in life, especially while utilizing social media. The lavish lifestyles and bravado portrayed on social accounts can deter a child from trying to be successful. Cyber bullying can be detrimental to the health of an individual. This is why we need to teach our children the importance of maintaining their mental and physical health, and how health can measure up to be a value of success. There is a need to teach children that being fit, which can include participation in sports or indulgence in outdoor activities is beneficial, that they should be happy and not let it depend on how they compare to others, that doing their best is enough. Good physical and mental health can influence creativity and increase motivation and ambition. It is both a measure and a driver of success.Success in terms of happiness Being happy and being affluent is not necessarily the same thing. When everything is said and done, how we feel at the end is all that matters. If years of hard work that culminate into an affluent lifestyle does not make you happy, it would have been of no use.If you teach your children that success can be measured by one’s happiness instead of wealth, it can direct children to grow in manners that suit their own ambitions and beliefs. Happiness as a measure of success can help bring out the best in children. And when everything is said and done, it will be well worth it.Need to fix the notions of success:The determination to do well and achieve success can be a powerful tool if not convoluted by the weight of expectation. As parents, it is vital that we fix the notions of success, so that it may liberate children. By shifting the measures of success from extrinsic goals like material rewards and societal expectation to intrinsic goals, where they youth care more about self-development, they can start to grow in a manner that is suitable for the world today and that matters to themselves as individuals. The measures of success need to be redefined so that the youth may have a healthy, happy and meaningful life.advertisementAuthored article by Lina Ashar, Founder, Kangroo kids and Billabong HighRead: How to navigate and overcome social anxiety in childrenlast_img read more

‘Coutinho isn’t a world star, just a Barca substitute’

first_imgFormer Germany manager Berti Vogts has questioned ​Philippe Coutinho’s move to Bayern Munich, saying the Brazilian may not be the world star that he used to be. Coutinho joined Bayern on Monday in a one-year loan switch from Barcelona, with the Bundesliga champions holding a €120 million (£110m/$133m) purchase option.The Brazilian joined Barca from Liverpool in January 2018 in a deal potentially worth a reported €160 million (£147m/$178m), but failed to live up to that massive price tag during a year-and-a-half with the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Coutinho started just 22 games last season, as he came in for criticism from fans and the media for his performances. The 27-year-old will now have a fresh start in Bavaria, though Vogts is skeptical that Bayern are getting a player who is worth the hype. “At first glance, the loan from Coutinho is a great signing for the Bundesliga,” Vogts said in a column on t-online.de.”But I want to ask a question: Why is a 27-year-old leaving a world club like FC Barcelona? Because he has given up the hope to prevail there.”Maybe he’s not a world star, but a player who – probably in the new season – would be a substitute for FC Barcelona.”Coutinho wasn’t the only recent signing for Bayern, with France U20 midfielder Michael Cuisance joining on Sunday from Borussia Monchengladbach.Vogts also questioned the wisdom of the move for Cuisance, who reportedly was looking for a guarantee of playing time with his previous club.”I have not been able to form a conclusive judgment on Cuisance,” Vogts said. “His great talent is evident, but that’s not all in football.”On the other hand, his behavior bothers me. According to (Monchengladbach) sports director Max Eberl, he internally demanded a guarantee of a regular place, as if there could be something like this for 20-year-olds at an ambitious Bundesliga club.”And then he moves to Bayern Munich, where his chances of action are likely to be even lower.”Still, Vogts believes that despite the two questionable transfers, and a 2-2 home draw against Hertha to begin the season, Bayern are still the favourites to lift the Bundesliga this season.”In a nutshell, there are doubts in Bayern’s two transfers, but the quality that already exists makes them title favourites.”last_img read more

Liverpool make history with 13th straight league win

first_imgLiverpool have set a club record by recording their 13th straight league win, as the Reds defeated Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday.The Reds have won every match in England’s top flight since a 0-0 draw with Everton on March 3.They have now outdone a 12-game winning streak set in the old First Division between April and October 1990, with the 1989-90 season the last time the Anfield outfit won the league title. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream This is also the second consecutive season the Reds have started with four wins in a row, something they have never achieved before.They are the only club among the 91 in the top four divisions in English football to boast a 100% record so far this season, and their win keeps them two points ahead of Manchester City in the early-season table, heading into the international break.Jurgen Klopp’s side scored twice in four minutes just after the half-hour mark, firstly when Chris Wood unfortunately deflected Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross, seeing it loop over a stranded Nick Pope and into his own net.Sadio Mane doubled the lead soon after, before Roberto Firmino sealed the game with 10 minutes still to go.It was Firmino’s 50th goal in the Premier League, and he is the first Brazilian to reach a half-century in the competition.50 – Roberto Firmino has become the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals; he is the 9th player to reach the milestone for Liverpool – no other club has had more (level with Man Utd). Bullseye. pic.twitter.com/IsXUVeAwjf — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 31, 2019 Another Brazilian to ply his trade on Merseyside, Philippe Coutinho, is second in the goalscoring charts among players from the South American country. Coutinho netted 41 times before his transfer to Barcelona in 2018.The Reds have not lost since they went down 2-1 to Manchester City on January 3, a run of 21 games, which equals their longest such run under Klopp.The defeat to City last season was their only loss of a 2018-19 campaign that saw them fall agonizingly short of the title.The Blues pipped Liverpool by one point to secure their second consecutive triumph, despite Liverpool finishing with 97 points, the third-highest tally in the competition’s history.Only City with 98 last year and 100 the season before that have amassed more.After the upcoming international break the Reds face Newcastle United at home on September 14. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Canadian Press NewsAlert Trump administration lists NAFTA goals

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has released its broad objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.The U.S. says it wants: more access for U.S. agriculture, telecommunications, and construction exports; to maintain some Buy American exemptions; new currency-manipulation rules; addition of elements from now-dormant TPP and overhaul of the dispute-settlement system.More to come.