Monday, November 13, 2017
By Maria, e3 Robotics Ex Director
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Photo taken from NC State Goodnight Scholarship page.

It’s never too early to start cultivating the skills that will stack the odds in your child’s favor for future success.

We dropped our baby at college and left him there! On our drive home from NC State to drop off our son, I thought I would be sad or crying. Instead I felt a tremendous sense of peace and accomplishment. He was off and could hit the ground running and I was pleased. My thoughts then turned to all that it took my husband and I to get him there. It wasn’t just his grades, but that did help him get accepted, or the full scholarship* he received, which was tremendous. I realized through the years using e3 Robotics programs and robotics teams we had been cultivating specific skills in community and leadership. Our end goal was to empower and prepare him along with all the children in our program so that they would stand out from the crowd and shine bright.

My thoughts turned to what would be the most important set of skills for children that I could share with parents to start cultivating now in their lives?
Using my experience as a Mom, Coach, Teacher, Mentor and Employer I came up with my top twelve skills to cultivate in a child’s life. There are so many more I could have listed but I stopped at twelve. I haven’t arranged them in any particular order but here they are my top twelve important skills to start
cultivating early in a child’s life:

1. Communication
2. Honesty
3. Flexibility
4. Problem Solving
5. Work Ethic
6. Determination/Persistence
7. Loyalty
8. Technical Skills
9. Ability to Collaborate
10. Teachable/Eager to Learn
11. Leadership
12. Community

Each post I will be discussing one of the skills on the list and how parents, teachers, coaches can help develop these skills in the lives of the children
around them.

* Scholarship Information: Keep this scholarship in mind for your child! > The Goodnight Scholars Program, is funded by a generous gift from Dr. Jim and Ann Goodnight of SAS Institute. For more information about the Goodnight Scholarship, go to