How You Parent Has a Lifelong Impact on Baby: Study

ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Updated
Mar 2017
Hero Image

Bad grades? Failed relationships? A new study suggests blaming your parents might not be misplaced.

In a long-term study that followed 243 children from low-income Minnesota families until age 32, researchers keyed into how mothers interacted with their children ages three and under. As the years went by, researchers asked the kids’ teachers about their academic performance and social skills. Once those kids became adults, researchers asked them about their own education and relationships.

The results, which was published in the journal Child Development, found that when toddlers were treated more sensitively by mom (for example, responding quickly to your child and making them feel secure), they grew up to have stronger academic careers and more successful relationships.

And while it may seem pretty intuitive that good parenting has a strong tie-in with producing kids who grow up to be confident and well-adjusted adults, this is the first time researchers followed a group of kids from the time of birth to adulthood. So there you have it: your relationship and influence on your baby really does last a lifetime. (via TIME)

Related Video

Mayim Bialik Just Laid Down the Law Against Spanking (WATCH)

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
08/28/2017

Kristen Bell Reveals Why She Makes Her Daughters Share a Room

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
03/05/2020

Toddler Screaming?

Elizabeth Pantley
Parenting Expert

What a Stranger’s Comment About Her Toddler’s Tantrum Taught This Mom

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
06/27/2017

Too Much Tech: Parental Phone Use Linked to Child Misbehavior

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
06/02/2017

Should I Worry About My Toddler’s Short Attention Span?

Michael Lee, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and pediatrician at Children’s Medical Center Dallas
Pediatrician

Armless Pilot Jessica Cox Meets Toddler Born Without Arms

Cassie Kreitner
Senior Editor
Published
07/30/2015

Mobile Screen Time Starts Early, Study Finds

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor