Having a strong-willed child is actually a good thing. Science Says Stubborn Kids Are More Likely To Be Successful.
Stubborn Kids Are More Likely To Succeed
You know how we mothers complain all the time about our stubborn children. We complain about them picking their own clothes (not matching at all), refusing to eat certain foods, or disobeying our orders to clean up the mess in their rooms. Everyday it is the same thing. Arguing and fighting to get them to complete one simple task.
Well, according to a new study, this is actually an indicator that our kids will be more successful, perform better academically, and earn more money as adults. Can you believe this? My kids are going to be rich!
Science Says Stubborn Kids More Likely To Be Successful
The study, published in the US National Library of Medicine, followed students from their late primary years into adulthood.
Children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old were evaluated for non-cognitive personality traits like academic conscientiousness, entitlement and defiance. Forty years later, researchers checked back to see how they turned out; rule breaking and defiance of parental authority turned out to be the best non-cognitive predictor of high income as an adult.
The study doesn’t explain why there is such a strong correlation between rule-breaking youngsters and high income in mid-life. The authors postulate that such children might be more competitive in the classroom, leading to better grades. They might be more demanding as adults; when locked in salary negotiations, they may be the ones who demand more.
In the study, 745 people were tracked up until the age of 52.
Having a stubborn child is a good thing!
These results are just fascinating to me. Children who acted out against their parents and had a tendency to break rules were more successful later in life. This means that the constant struggle to get my kids to do what I tell them to do could be beneficial in the long run after all.
I believe our job as parents is to guide our kids in the right direction. Teaching good values and embracing their personalities because that is best for them. A strong-willed child who knows what is right will fight for a good cause and protest to the bad one in the future.
So, if you are like me and have stubborn kids, feel lucky. Let your kids be who they are, and find their strengths.
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