Preparing children for a future of constant change

Parents are prioritising teaching their children mental resilience and the skills to adapt to rapid change over technical skills, according to a new survey.

Mother helping child with homework


Parents are placing greater importance on life skills such as resilience and ability to cope – above technical skills such as maths and IT in order to prepare their children for life as an adult, according to a new survey.

The survey of over 3,000 working parents for Bright Horizons’ UK annual Modern Families Index survey  found that parents are acutely aware they are preparing their children for an unpredictable future – and a world of jobs that don’t yet exist.

One parent quoted in the report revealed: “Having interpersonal skills and resilience helps her to understand when she should say no to something. She will live in a world where no one will ever be able to switch off. She needs to be able to create boundaries and show her worth at work so as to not be overlooked by AI.”

Rather than simply preparing for school or for a specific career path, parents say their children need to be prepared for life, with the confidence and motivation to flourish, whatever the circumstances.

Caroline Wright, Director of Early Childhood at Bright Horizons UK said: “There is a rapidly growing need for parents to feel their child’s emotional development is being supported as they mature, so by introducing the concept of positive mental health from an early age, we can help children feel safe and secure and be open to learning.

“Our Nurture ApproachTM places equal emphasis on children’s emotional wellbeing, as well as practical and academic skills, and this provides the foundations for children to reach their full potential – preparing them for life in an ever-changing world.”

Further data shows parents seek support and guidance through their employers on developing children’s emotional and interpersonal skills in their parenting. Almost half of employees using Bright Horizons’ Work+Family Solutions ‘Speak to an Expert’ service  were seeking advice on young people’s resilience, wellbeing and helping their children manage emotions.

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