MONTREAL, June 8, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Sitcoms are not the ideal source of fatherly examples, but if you search
Analyzing data from 513 fathers who took the Parenting Style Test, PsychTests' researchers compared two distinct groups: Fathers with well-behaved children and fathers with ill-behaved kids. Here's how these dads differed:
THEY'RE LOVING, CARING, DEPENDABLE, AND OPEN-MINDED
THEY HAVE A CLEAR SET OF RULES
ON THE FLIPSIDE…
THEY BELIEVE IN TEAM PARENTING
THEY BELIEVE IN GOOD PARENTING, NOT PERFECT PARENTING
FOOD FOR THOUGHT…
AMONG THE SAMPLE OF DADS WITH WELL-BALANCED KIDS:
AMONG THE SAMPLE OF DADS WITH MISCHIEVOUS KIDS:
"On TV, dads are portrayed as goofy and childish, mercilessly strict and aloof, or completely uninvolved in their child's life, otherwise known as the 'deadbeat dad,'" explains Dr. Jerabek, president of PsychTests. "For many, many decades, it was believed that tough love was the ideal childrearing approach. Fathers decided the rules, disciplined their children, and pushed the 'as long as you're under my roof' mentality. The problem is that tough love was ill-defined. It isn't about riding your kid hard because you think it will make them more resilient and wiser. Tough love is about setting healthy boundaries and teaching life lessons, but also being supportive and being there when needed. Authoritative dads don't let kids off the hook when they mess up and do something reckless. They sit their kids down, make it clear why their behavior is wrong, require appropriate compensatory or corrective actions, and then teach their child the right thing to do. It's the 'Kid, I love you, but until your grades improve, no video games' or the 'Kid, you screwed up. Face the music and take responsibility for your mistakes. I will be there to support you, but I'm not covering for you' approach. These are dads who know how to perfectly meld firmness with responsiveness, and toughness with lovingness. And what happens is that their children grow up to be respectful of authority - neither rebels nor fearfully obedient. They grow up to be independent, well-adjusted, resilient, and ready to face the world without carrying a chip on the shoulders. Great dads, authoritative dads, make even greater kids."
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