Sometimes you want to act in a way to achieve immediate effect.

Other times, such as raising children, you want to choose a pattern, behavior, or action that will provide the best long term outcome.

I'm looking for a word suitable for use as a tag that embodies the idea of looking out for future interests.

Outcome is close, but feels like it doesn't cover a long enough period, requiring time modifiers.



These are the themes I'm trying to capture. Any words or very short phrases that would do this?

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    In education, people often use life-long learning outcomes. In a tag, lifelong-outcomes would be easily understood.
    – Adam
    Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 18:56

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Eventual, ultimate, terminal, peer pressure-resistant, lifelong, fadeproof.

Longlasting effects. Lasting effect. Effects that carry over into adulthood. Permanent effects. Persistent benefits. Carryover results. Indelible lessons.


One word that comes to mind is "sustainable": able to last or continue for a long time. For example, "sustainable practices" are policies that are meant to promote long-term success.

But sustainability is not typically used regarding child-raising. If you want a single word to imply both sustainability and child-raising, I think you're going to be out of luck.

"Cultivate", to grow or raise (something) under conditions that you can control, could be coupled with "sustainability" to make a phrase such as "I want to sustainably cultivate my children's growth."

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