Every parent wants their child to be successful. A recent study shows that life long success for a child is linked to a certain parenting approach.
Researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Duke University have spent the past twenty some odd years following and analysing children (now young adults) from when they were enrolled in kindergarten until their 25th birthdays.
Results were released to The Independent and this study shows that children who had more social skills in kindergarten tended to fare better in life as opposed to those who were limited with their social skills in kindergarten.
The study also revealed that displaying sensitivity, being cooperative, and having the ability to solve problems in kindergarten increases the child’s chance of earning a college degree and landing a full time job later in life. Those who were limited in their social skills were more likely to commit crimes and have drinking problems.
Researchers claim that the parents emphasis on social skills play a key role in their child’s success later in life.
Kristin Schubert, the program director at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said “This study shows that helping children develop social and emotional skills is one of the most important things we can do to prepare them for a healthy future. From an early age, these skills can determine whether a child goes to college or prison, and whether they end up employed or addicted.”