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Tough Love is ‘Good for Children’

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Tough Love is ‘Good for Children’

Parents who rule with an iron first — well, maybe something more flexible than iron… stainless steel? — are giving their children the best chance for success, claims a new study.

Kids who are raised with tough love, meaning a balance of warmth and discipline, are twice as likely to develop “good” characteristics — such as application, social skills, self-regulation and empathy — by the age of five than kids of “disengaged” parents, according to a report by the British think tank Demos.

Although the style of parenting is the most important factor, the study of 9,000 families also suggests that children of married couples and wealthier backgrounds do tend to fare better.  (Shocking, I know.)

The report also said that other positive influences include the main caretaker’s level of education, breastfeeding and not having Michael and Dina Lohan as your parents.

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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