Your Parenting Style Is Important
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Your Parenting Style Is Important

Iman Shumpert, the Cleveland Cavaliers interestingly-coifed forward, has his own playing style. And he uses it to help create a smooth-working offense. Noah “Thor” Syndergaard, throws smokin’ fastballs for the Mets and seems to think some of this strength (like Goliath) comes from his flowing tresses. Both (hair) styles make for good team dynamics.

The same can be said for effective parenting styles: They make the family team work well and affect a child’s future success and happiness.

Japanese researchers recently surveyed 5,000 adults to evaluate the impact of parental (dis)interest, trust, rules, and independence, as well as time spent together, and experiences of being scolded. Turns out adults who had supportive parents and got ample positive attention reported higher salaries, more academic success, and lots of happiness. Adults who had strict parents who paid them high levels of attention did achieve economically and academically, but had lower levels of happiness and more stress. (Another study found that kids who grew up under authoritarian rule were five times more likely to become overweight.)

Clearly, if you adopt a nurturing parenting style, you’re encouraging belief in oneself, as well as development of empathy and conscience. And, we say, that’s never been more important: Kids today have less contact with relatives and less free-wheeling playtime than previous generations. But interacting with extended families and unscheduled play positively influence individual and social development. Nurturing parenting can help counteract that loss of interconnectedness and independence and make the whole home team stronger.