Every parent wants their kids to succeed in life.
Success means different things to different people. But generally, it means accomplishment and getting positive results.
Many factors contribute to a person’s success.
But have you ever wondered, what is the most important key to success in life?
Is it intelligence? Tenacity? Luck?
In 1938, a special study was conducted at Harvard University looking for the answer to this question1.
In the Harvard Grant Study, 268 male Harvard students, including John F. Kennedy, were tracked over the next seventy years. Their physical and emotional health were recorded, and their life successes, or the lack of, were analyzed2.
Researcher arrived at one clear conclusion:
Relationship is the secret to a successful and happy life. Having a childhood in which one feels accepted and nurtured is one of the best predictors of adult success and well-being.
This outcome was hardly surprising.
According to the Attachment Theory proposed by Bowlby & Ainsworth in the 1950s, a child who has a warm and nurturing caretaker is much more likely to have positive development and outcomes in life.
Although the Harvard study has also found that recovering from a lousy childhood is possible, memories of a happy childhood are a lifelong source of strength.
So here it is…
Developing a close-knit relationship with your kid to create a childhood filled with happiness is one of the most important keys to raising successful kids.
- 1.Vaillant GE. TRIUMPHS OF EXPERIENCE: THE MEN OF THE HARVARD GRANT STUDY. Harvard University Press; 2012.
- 2.Woodhams V, de Lusignan S, Mughal S, et al. Triumph of hope over experience: learning from interventions to reduce avoidable hospital admissions identified through an Academic Health and Social Care Network. BMC Health Serv Res. Published online June 10, 2012. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-153