In a fascinating study by researchers from the University of Montreal, it’s been found that “children who were rated by their teachers as more “prosocial,” and had fewer assessments of inattention, hyperactivity, opposition and physical aggression, made significantly more money three decades later.” as written by Bill Murphy Jr. of Inc Magazine.
When asked what parents can do about it, one of the authors of the study said “quality day care has been shown to decrease the prevalence of a whole host of negative, long-term problems for kids who show signs of struggle.”
I say you can also help your child by teaching them proper social skills early on, and be careful of the “you be you” mentality we are hearing lately. People want you to be you, as long as the ‘you’ they are dealing with comes with acceptable social skills. Note to parents: IT’S OK TO CORRECT YOUR CHILDREN IN PRIVATE. When they need correcting in public, take them someplace private, and do the correcting. Don’t blow it off for fear of what people might think. Reasonable people are quietly praising you in their minds when you take control of an unruly situation with your child.
Researchers used a set of behavior ratings on 1000 children at the age of 6. Here’s the ratings criteria…
- Inattention (“poor concentration, distracted, head in the clouds, and lack of persistence”)
- Hyperactivity (those who were assessed as “agitated/fidgety and moves constantly”)
- Opposition (“disobeys, does not share materials, blames others, inconsiderate, and irritable”)
- Physical aggression (“fights with other children, bullies/intimidates other children, and kicks/bites”)
- Prosociality, which included things like “helping, sharing, and cooperating,” and whether they were the type of children who would “[try] to stop quarrels or disputes, … invite bystanders to join in a game, and … try to help someone who has been hurt.”
In 1984, the researchers began a study on children age 6, who come from a low socioeconomic background, and continued to keep tabs on them up until the age of 17. The researchers kind of backed off after that. When the children reached the age of 36, researchers reviewed their tax returns to see how much they were making. It turns out the children classified as Prosociality, earned up to $17,000 more per year, than the others.