How To Raise a Successful Child: Part One

When we nurture a child’s whole being, we open doors to endless possibilities ~Susan Wright

Are you familiar with the concept of a well-balanced diet? Essentially saying that if you want to be healthy, there are foods you need to eat from all the food groups; meat, fish and beans for protein (building muscle); rice, bread or chapati for carbohydrates (energy); vegetables and fruits for vitamins (to protect from disease); milk, butter and cheese with calcium (for bone density). It is common knowledge that if you follow a nutritional diet, you’ll be healthy and grow stronger.


How About a Well-balanced Child?

There are many people who think that a child with a good future is best measured in their academic success; if a child gets straight A’s on their school reporting card, they will by default be “successful”. However, what if a child’s score in school was only one part of defining a well-balanced child? What types of measures would we look at to tell if our children were healthy, happy, and well-balanced?

It’s important to think about the well-being and development of all parts of a child, especially because these determine the future of our children more surely than top grades in school.

Does your daughter have a strong sense of who she is and what she is capable of? Does she eat well, take exercise and visit her physician regularly? Does she have healthy friendships and relationships with other children and adults? Does she solve problems and think critically about situations, looking for the best strategy for success? Does she understand what feelings are, know that it’s okay for her to feel mad or disappointed if a situation warrants it and stand up for herself? Does she practice empathy and patience with her friends and with herself? Is she freely creative, drawing and building, singing, dancing or writing? Is she encouraged to read for fun, to try out science experiments at home, to use her imagination?



These are all important parts of a whole child, and from my perspective, the word “imagination” is one of the most powerful tools a human being has. For just a moment, I want to explore the value of imagination. What can a powerful imagination do for her? It can be the doorway for an amazing successful future. What if she was the person to imagine electric cars? Imagine how to carry humans to Mars? Maybe she could create ways to harness new forms of energy? What if she wrote and directed the next “Star Wars”? Or what if she became a prominent neurosurgeon and saved hundreds of lives? If we give our children the tools to unlock their futures, and teach them how to use them, we significantly increase their probability of success.

What We Believe

We at Akili Kids! believe that every child has potential, and can grow into a beautiful, valuable, productive and happy human being. The programming we choose and our approach to content is to find wonderfully entertaining content, ensure that it contains learning outcomes, and that it will connect personally with Kenyan children.

The learning outcomes we support are not all academic, and some are immeasurable from a testing perspective. But we want to ensure that children are exposed to all the ideas that they may not be exposed to in an academic school environment, and while we are all about “supplemental” learning (not school) we consider this learning essential to growing well-balanced children. The children of Kenya deserve no less than the best. This is why we exist – to entertain, engage, and offer moments of inspiration and imagination to all the children in Kenya.