Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The best parents balance discipline with love: study

Children with married parents were twice as likely to display positive character traits as children living in step-families or with single parents.

A major study has concluded that children who receive ‘tough love’– a combination of warmth and discipline – from their parents have the best chance of doing well in life.

The study found that parenting style, not economic background, is the most important factor determining a child’s development of positive qualities such as self-control, empathy and determination.