Take a few minutes and consider how much it means to be a parent. Parenting is a lifelong journey with its fair share of challenges and joys. Your ability to make decisions that can outlive you and keep your children safe and their futures secured is critical. Below are three things you can do to set your children up for an incredibly bright future.

1. Estate Planning Is Crucial

All losses are tragic. The loss of a parent is not only tragic but life-defining for children. Sadly, we’ve witnessed children who had their lives figured out while their parents were around sink into depression and hopelessness. Unfortunately, some family members, spouses, and friends turn on a child after the demise of a loved one. Because this is a real possibility, you must take estate planning seriously.

According to information gathered by Legal Zoom, the number of adults with estate planning documents is partly 30%. In a tragic fatality, 70% would have to figure out where to start and how to move forward. It’s, therefore, essential that you get your estate plan for a bright future for your children.

Your estate plan should include documents like your will, trust, beneficiary designations, guardianship designations, durable power of attorney, and healthcare power of attorney. These documents help you handle uncertainties and other unfortunate eventualities such as sickness or death. Having your affairs in order will give your children a vital boost for success in life, even after your demise or incapacitation.

2. Quality Education Is Non-Negotiable

Reading through history, one of the defining results of growth and development is accessible education. Ensure your children get the best education they can afford, since an educated child is set for life, even after the demise of their parents.

Enroll your child into an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school. The IB offers four prestigious academic programs that could help your child. These include the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), the Diploma Program (DP), and the Career Program (CP). Although a candidate’s status doesn’t guarantee authorization, enrolling them in an IB-authorized school can provide your child with a globally recognized and well-rounded education. This is a great way to give them a competitive advantage in life.

3. Emotional Intelligence Is an Arrow in Your Quiver

Academic success is one thing, and it’s very different from emotional intelligence. Research conducted over the years has demonstrated that academic success doesn’t necessarily guarantee one will have a bright future. To accompany academics, actively teach your child or your children about emotional intelligence. Encourage empathy, self-awareness, and strong interpersonal skills.

The ability to communicate well, control emotions, solve problems, have resilience, navigate relationships, and thrive in different environments is crucial. Having these abilities can be life-defining. For your children to remain at the top of the ladder, ensure they’re well prepared to navigate the good, bad, and evil they’ll inevitably encounter later in life.

4. Critical Thinking Is Critical

When teaching critical thinking, it’s interesting to know that sometimes parents are the obstacle. At about two years, a child will start picking up cues from the environment created. At this age, all they do is copy and paste. This is precisely why one would assume observing a child at this age will tell you more about the environment they are growing up in.

As they grow, they become more independent and start asking questions. The question “Why” is likely to come up a lot. As you take on your parenting journey, be careful about how you answer the why questions. This isn’t the time to bash the child but rather to sit them down and explain “why.” Take time to help them think through situations and circumstances, analyze problems, and ask “why.”You can also buy them games that encourage critical thinking. It might not look serious now, but they will thank you later.

The measure of authentic leadership depends on one’s successor. In the same way, whether fair or not, the measure of your parenting is in how well your children can navigate life independently. While sometimes this may not be factual, one can’t downplay the role of parenting in children’s lives. So, if you are doing this, how about doing it right to ensure they have a bright future?