Don’t forget to thank your dad on Fathers Day, Sunday, June 17!
According to Paul Miller, a faculty member in New College’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, you may have your dad to thank if persistence is one of your personality traits.
Miller commented in an ABC News story reporting on a study published in the Journal of Early Adolescence. Study results show that dads can play a key role in instilling persistence and hope in their children, particularly in the pre-teen and teen years.
The study details the benefits of a parenting style known as authoritative parenting. Characteristics of this style enable children to “stick with it” by instilling accountability, along with freedom to make their own choices and mistakes, in a supportive environment. The style combines direction and guidance with expectations and respect, Miller says.
“When held accountable in a supportive way, mistakes do not become a mark against their self-esteem, but a source for learning what to do differently,” according to Miller. “Consequently, children are less afraid of making mistakes, are more inclined to try to make better choices in order to demonstrate that they can accomplish and live up to the expectations they share with their parent(s).”
Click here to read the full ABC News story.