Esther Wojcicki is a mom to two CEOs and a professor, so her parenting advice is probably something you'll want to listen to.
All parents want their children to grow up and be successful. Whether that be by following in our footsteps or avoiding the same mistakes that we made. Trouble is, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to raising your kids right. Plus, there are some things you might think are best for your children when they're really not.
While every child is different, and there are no guarantees, we are always willing to listen to the advice of someone we would definitely deem to be a successful parent. Esther Wojcicki is an established woman in her own right. However, her three daughters have taken that to the next level. One is the CEO of YouTube, one is the co-founder and CEO of 23andMe, and the other is a professor of pediatrics.
Wojcicki explains via CNBC that she doesn't claim to be responsible for their successes, but believes she set them on the right path by the way she raised them. The author explains the beliefs she instilled in her daughters as children, and reveals what she thinks are the most fundamental mistakes parents are making in the present day.
Wojcicki believes that it ultimately boils down to young people today looking out for number one all too often. That today's children are raised to look out for themselves and everything else falls by the wayside. That goes hand-in-hand with becoming rich being everyone's ultimate goal. The belief that having lots of money will make you happy. Wojcicki explains that is simply not true, writing that she has met many unhappy millionaires and even a few disgruntled billionaires.
Wojcicki believes helicopter parenting deserves a lot of the blame for all of the above. The American way is to make your children feel as if they are the center of the universe. That is naturally going to lead to a sense of entitlement. That rewards will come without putting the hard work in because young people believe they deserve simply due to who they are. If you want to up your chances of raising a successful child, it seems that making sure they know they need to work hard and look out for others is pivotal.