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Fathers Help Children Learn Persistence

PROVO, Utah (UPI) — One unique role a father has on a child is developing persistence in his offspring, U.S. researchers found.

Laura Padilla-Walker and Randal Day of Brigham Young University tracked 325 families for several years.

“This research also helps to establish that traits such as persistence — which can be taught — are key to a child’s life success,” Padilla-Walker said in a statement.

The key is for dads to practice what’s called authoritative parenting, which includes:

— Children feel warmth and love from their father.

— Accountability and the reasons behind rules are emphasized.

— Children are granted an appropriate level of autonomy.

Authoritative parents, who provide rules and guidance without being overbearing, should not be confused with authoritarian parents, who tell their children exactly what to do.

The study examined children ages 11-14 residing in two-parent homes.

The study, published in the Journal of Early Adolescence, found 52 percent of the dads in the study exhibited above-average levels of authoritative parenting and over time, their children were significantly more likely to develop persistence, which lead to better outcomes in school and lower levels of delinquency.

“Fathers should continue to try and be involved in their children’s lives and engage in high quality interactions, even if the quantity of those interactions might be lower than is desirable,” Padilla-Walker said.

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