If you’ve ever been that mom trying to calm your child down in the middle of a temper tantrum down the cracker isle of Target, know you are not alone.
I get what it’s like to tell your toddler “no” and have it seem as if the world is coming to an end.
While we all may be quick to try to bribe our kids to be quiet or do the yell-whisper tactic (you know what I am talking about) you might want to rethink your strategy because you could just be keeping your kids from becoming rich one day.
Yes, Experts Say, Toddlers That Throw Tantrums Are More Likely to End Up Rich so now, we are stuck deciding whether or not to just let that tantrum happen…
Experts Say, Toddlers That Throw Tantrums Are More Likely to End Up Rich
In a recent study published in the Developmental Psychology, psychologists examined student characteristics and behaviors at age 12 to predict occupational success 40 years later over and above childhood IQ and parental socioeconomic status.
In short, they studied the behaviors in children to see how it affected their success later in life.
“We examined the influence of parental socioeconomic status (SES), childhood intelligence, and student characteristics and behaviors (inattentiveness, school entitlement, responsible student, sense of inferiority, impatience, pessimism, rule breaking and defiance of parental authority, and teacher-rated studiousness) on 2 important real-life outcomes (i.e., occupational success and income)” (Source)
They examined 745 participants over a 40 year span (1968 – 2008) and what they found was that those that were among children of rule breaking and defiance of parental authority, were more likely to have success in life.
“The results revealed direct and indirect influences of student characteristics (responsible student, rule breaking and defiance of parental authority, and teacher-rated studiousness) across the life span on career success after adjusting for differences in parental SES and IQ at age 12.” (Source)
So, the next time you are quick to jump to trying to calm your child’s tantrum, think twice. If you want them to end up rich, maybe just let this one play itself out!
But, if you really can’t handle it and are okay with your kids being broke (kidding), we have some Tantrum Tricks that might help!