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Kids shine with tough love parenting

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Children with parents that use an authoritative approach are best prepared to do well in life, according to a recent British study.   When children experience a mix of discipline and warmth they’re more likely to develop important character traits such as self-regulation, empathy and application by the age of five than parents that use permissive, authoritarian or disengaged styles.   The study of 9,000 UK households in the Millennium Cohort Study found that while family structure and parent income levels did impact on children’s development it was parenting style that had the greatest influence on outcomes for kids.   An analysis of school results is revealing. One quarter of kids with authoritative parents were in the top 20 per cent at school.   Next came permissive parenting with 18 per cent, 15 for authoritarian and 11 per cent ...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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