If I have kids myself, I would teach them these traits other than the academics. Self-confidence To succeed in anything, you need self-confidence to push yourself forward. Without confidence, you will be easily defeated and thus not able to achieve anything. Adaptability Our environment is not constant and is ever changing so it is important to be able to adapt to any environment with its different conditions. Self-motivation Even if there is no one besides you to encourage or motivate you, it is important that you learn to self-motivate yourself to move forward. Independence One must be able to learn to be independent by solving problems and coming up with solutions on your own. But how do you teach them to attain the above attributes or traits? Do you have any idea? Is it through reassuring the kids, encouraging them along with lots of hugs, kisses and love? Do share with me your great ideas, I would love to hear from you.