Your child's stubbornness can lead to success later on in life

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Is your child unreasonably single-minded? This may benefit their career as an adult. Learn more about it here

Don’t let your persistently unyielding tot wear you out. A recent study backed by four decades worth of research urges parents not to worry too much about their stubborn kids. 

The study closely monitored 700 children from when they were 12 years old until they were 52; those who were showed stubborn behaviour turned out to be more accomplished adults.

Those who broke the rules proved to be the highest achievers in their chosen fields later on in life.

Even kids who often questioned and defied their parents.

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Impatient kids can grow up to be results-driven and goal-driven adults

The study, published in the Journal of Developmental Psychology, found that children who broke the rules became high achievers later on in life. The same goes for those who often defied their parents. They are the ones who came out earning much in their careers when they were older.

The 5 major traits of stubborn kids

  1. Defying parents
  2. Breaking rules
  3. Sense of inferiority
  4. Impatience
  5. Inattentiveness

Aside from these traits, researchers also evaluated the children’s academic conscientiousness as well as their sense of entitlement.

Four decades worth of results

Their penchant for breaking rules evolved into a strong sense of responsibility, a trait essential to succeeding as a professional adult.

“Guess who earned the highest salaries in the end? The kids who ignored both rules and their parents,” popular blog Fatherly quipped. “So, if your kid always demands the bigger cookie, they’ll probably grow up to demand the bigger bonus.”

These tough willed kids became more competitive in school, going out of their way to achieve high grades. This trait proved to be useful in raising kids who are resilient and do not easily back down when faced with life’s challenges.

It’s also important to note, of course, that plain stubbornness isn’t an assurance of a happy and successful life. A healthy evolution of these seemingly negative traits into positive results is the product of proper guidance and encouragement.

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Written by

Bianchi Mendoza

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