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The early years of a child’s life are fundamental in cognitive development. Your parenting style is critical in shaping your child’s personality and has a resounding effect on your child’s future success.
We have compiled a list of 8 new studies which demonstrate the effects of parenting on children’s cognitive development.
1. Helicopter Parenting Causes Depression
Research suggests that overly protective parents who hover over their children like helicopters raise dependent, frail, and incompetent children and that that those children experience higher rates of developing depression into their adult years.
A 2013 study of undergraduates showed that college students with overbearing parents reported a limited ability to resolve conflicts, make autonomous decisions, and ultimately, showed significantly greater levels of depression and dissatisfaction with life.
2. A Strict Household Stunts Creativity And Good Behavior
Research has found a negative association between the number of household rules and the level of a child’s creativity. Teach morals and values and let your child have input regarding what is appropriate behavior. And if your child does break one of your few rules, be careful in the way you respond.
A 2013 study of 976 parents and their children found that children who experienced severe verbal censure were linked to heightened adolescent misbehavior and indications of depression in the future.
For your children, especially in the early formative years, an irregular sleep schedule disrupts the ability to obtain and maintain information.
Using test scores in math, reading, and spatial awareness as a metric to measure intellectual performance, a study of seven year olds found a correlation between inconsistent bedtimes and lowered test scores and concluded that irregular sleep schedules may have profound negative effects on child development and brain power.
4. Television Harms Educational Development
Television programming may seem an easy and attractive distraction for your children, but any screen time at all, even educational, is not recommended for children under age two, and children over age two should be limited to two hours daily.
In a 2013 study, those who surpassed the above screen time recommendations subsequently experienced more difficulty than their peers in kindergarten and exhibited lowered language, mathematics, and motor skills.
5. Exercise Enhances School Performance
Numerous studies have suggested physically fit children achieve higher results on standardized examinations, have an enhanced ability to learn, and overall, perform better in school.
6. Material Rewards Create Materialistic Children
Think twice before you next reward your child for that perfect report card with the latest toy. Rewarding your child for good behavior or performance doesn’t benefit your child’s intrinsic motivation. “Material parenting” leads to children linking material goods as sole markers of success. Instead, reward your child with attention and praise.
7. Working Moms Raise More Successful Children
Working mothers are actually enabling their children to be more successful.
In a study of 50,000 adults from across the globe, daughters of working moms reported higher rates of education, employment (and in supervisory roles at that), and income earnings. Meanwhile, adult sons of working mothers reported increased time spent with their family and doing housework.
Simply by splitting household chores, parents can positively influence their children’s attitudes regarding gender and equity.
Researchers discovered that the way fathers approach domestic duties (dishes, laundry, etc) played the strongest role in the career aspirations of daughters. Daughters whose dads more equitably participated in household duties aspired to more ambitious, conventionally male-dominated careers.