Ask a random parent what they would like to give to their children, and 10 out of 10 will give you the same answer “the best.” The thing is that it’s extremely difficult to pinpoint what “the best” is. Is it absolute freedom or maybe strict guidance? Here’s a handful of advice from Barbara Corcoran, a millionaire and mother of two.

Check out: Want Your Kid to Be Successful? Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran Says You Should Do This.





  • realize your dreams – make your dreams come true
  • nag – harass (someone) constantly to do something that they are averse to
  • lousy – very poor or bad
  • fare – perform in a specified way in a particular situation or over a particular period
  • well-rounded – (of a person) having a personality that is fully developed in all aspects
  • dunce – a person who is slow at learning; a stupid person


Think about it

 Answer the questions below.

  • What is the best thing you can do so that your kid is successful, accoring to Barbara Corcoran?
  • What is Corcoran’s attitude towards parents nagging their children to get good grades?
  • What advice did she give her son Tom about learning?
  • How can you help your children learn and grow?
  • How can entrepreneurs benefit from not being good at school?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space.

Back ________, helicopter parents. If you want your kid to grow up to be a successful entrepreneur — or to ________her career dreams at all, whatever they are — the best thing you can do is “take the pressure ________,” Shark Tanstar Barbara Corcoran says.

“Ignore what they don’t do well,” the millionaire mom of two recently told Entrepreneur.com on the Shark Tank set. “Instead, stay totally focused ________ finding what your kid ________well and let them do a lot of it. They’ll be better and happier for it.”

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The diner waitress turned wildly successful serial entrepreneur also said her “top four [Shark Tank] entrepreneurs” were all “lousy ________ school, too.” Being the “dunce and the out-man” prepares kids ________ the challenges of business, she said, because it teaches them first-hand how to cope ________ and bounce ________ from rejection.


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