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Attentive Kids More Likely To Earn Higher Salaries When They’re Older

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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