The goal is to prepare children for school

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There are no Podcasts in your queue. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every parent wants to raise their children in a way that prepares them to live fulfilled, happy, productive lives. I’m trying to be the best father in the world. Many people, like myself, get a little lazy and lax on some of the rules and guidance children need.

I’m a working entrepreneur putting in 12-plus hours a day building a better future for my family. I can’t run a business and study parenting at the same time, right? Put down that child rearing book. I’ve done the homework for you and listed the 12 scientifically proven best ways to set your kids up for success, both personally and professionally. This advice works for children at any age. Move to the best neighborhood you can afford.

The best move parents can make for their children is to a neighborhood with excellent schools, more career opportunities and the opportunity to grow up with peers who value education, hard work and achievement. Note: you don’t even have to be wealthy to make this happen. Although controversial, research has found moving to a better neighborhood is a better investment than tutoring and extracurricular activities like piano lessons. Some suggest you buy the cheapest house in the best neighborhood, but that could backfire.

Become a happier and less stressed person yourself. If you’re miserable and stressed, your children are going to catch those feelings like a cold. Related: What is Emotional Intelligence and Why Does it Matter? Whether it was mowing the grass, taking out the trash, washing dishes, walking the dog or folding laundry, when I was growing up my parents were always assigning me chores. I hated it but thankfully, they didn’t ease up.