If you have a child that likes to pay attention or is good with details, there’s a very good chance that they might have a bright future. That’s because there’s a new study that suggests attentive kids are more likely to earn more money as adults.
In other words, teaching children to pay attention as early as in their Kindergarten years might help boost their salaries later on in life.
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Books! Books! Finish the books! This end-of-the-year chant has been ringing in my ears, but I am here with a reminder for myself— that our work as mothers and educators is nourishing and nurturing work. It’s more about ordering the affections than checking the boxes. I am here to take my thoughts captive with the Truth that we are tasked with training up a child. . . Miss Mason once wrote to her teachers, concerned about finishing the term’s work on time, “Convince the children that what cannot be done in the time must be left.” . . So in these our final weeks, I am considering: am I aiming to finish at the expense of my daughter’s need for romp and rest, for wandering and wondering, in the afternoon hours? After a year of rigorous work, will I choose to plow through a book’s end in order to pronounce it done? . . No. We will enjoy the remaining chapters through the breezy days of summer. We will chew slowly, digest slowly, and discuss slowly whether the ideas there stand up to the biggest and greatest Idea of all in God’s Word. . . And I’ll remember that though we often times may be completing charts, we are, above all, shaping hearts. . . . #homeschooldays
While there’s no doubt that many parents share the same goal when it comes to raising smart, well-rounded children, some might have more of an edge than others. Thankfully, observing how your child interacts with others can give parents more insight as to what kind of people they will be and what they might end up doing as adults.
According to a new study published by the Journal of American Medical Association Psychiatry, attentive children are more likely to have better-paying jobs in their future than those who are inattentive.
A group of researchers looked at teacher questionnaires from a group of about 2,850 kindergarteners in Quebec, Canada during the early 1980s. The researchers then cross-referenced the behavioural ratings from the students with their government tax returns from 2013 to 2015. They found that the children who had better attentive ratings turned out to be better-paid adults.
After adjusting some of the IQ and family adversity results, they also found that the group of kids were inattentive had lower earnings by the time they were in their mid-30s. Some behavioural traits that are associated with inattentive include disobeying parents and teachers, blaming others, constantly moving or fidgeting, crying easily, and physical aggression like fighting or bullying their peers.
In a follow-up report, high scores of inattention were associated with a decrease in annual earnings for both the male and female participants of the study.
With that said, boys who showed better social behaviours, such as showing sympathy, sharing with their peers and resolving problems, had positive and higher-than-average future incomes. However, the same didn’t apply to girls. The study did suggest that both boys and girls who displayed prosocial behaviour had an increased chance at more success in school, work and life.