In honour of Father's Day, this comes from a study done recently at Brigham Young University, "Persistence is learned from fathers, study shows":
The key is for dads to practice what’s called “authoritative” parenting – not to be confused with authoritarian. Here are the three basic ingredients:
- Children feel warmth and love from their father
- Accountability and the reasons behind rules are emphasized
- Children are granted an appropriate level of autonomy
About 52 percent of the dads in the study exhibited above-average levels of authoritative parenting. Over time, their kids were significantly more likely to develop persistence, which led to better outcomes in school and lower levels of delinquency.
I'm curious about the study's methods; the article doesn't provide enough specifics. But I would love to be able to teach persistence; if this is a way to do it, I'm on board.