A lot of people know that staying positive can greatly increase your odds for success and happiness. However, when it comes to positive parenting, many parents struggle to implement strategies that promote positivity on a normal basis. Recently, researchers in Japan conducted a study that found children who receive positive attention from their parents are more likely to have be happier, have higher incomes, and are academically successful.
Positive Parenting: The Study
The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Kobe University Center For Social Systems Innovation and Doshisha University, sought to discover the effects of parenting methods throughout Japan. After receiving results from 5,000 men and women about the parenting styles they experienced while growing. In the end, they found that positive parenting was the way to go.
They asked those surveyed to respond to questions and statements related to the ways in which their parents interacted with them growing up. Researchers asked questions that elicited statements like “I felt my parents were disinterested in me” or “My parents trusted me”.
With the data from these statements, researchers sorted the responses into several categories of parenting methods, which included:
- Harsh: Parents had strict parenting methods, spent little time with their child, had low levels of trust for their child, and had low regard for their child’s independence.
- Strict: Parents were trusting, but didn’t let child find independence. There were a large amount of rules growing up.
- Average: All factors measured were average.
- Indulgent: Parents trusted their children, and were not strict at all. They spent an average amount of time with their child.
- Supportive: Supportive parents allowed their child to be independent and were very trusting of their child. They were highly interested in what their child was doing on a daily basis and spent a large amount of time with their child.
- Easygoing: Easygoing parents showed low interest in their child and were not strict at all. They spent small amounts of time with their child and had few rules.
In the end, positive parenting won out. Those who had experienced “supportive” more positive parenting throughout their childhood were more likely to have higher salaries and were generally happier. On the flip side, those who had not experienced positive parenting and instead had strict parents reported lower happiness levels and increased stress.
Even the best parents with the most positive parenting methods sometimes struggle to help their child find success. If your child is struggling with a neurodevelopmental disorder such as a learning disorder or is on the Autism Spectrum, consider Seven Stars for help. Seven Stars is a therapeutic program for teens ages 13-18 struggling with social and academic issues related to a neurodevelopmental disorder.