Authoritative fathers teach us persistence

Fathers play an important role in a young person's development of persistence, new research has found. Published in the Journal of Early Adolescence, the study showed children may be better able to stick to a task when their dads exert authoritative parenting.

Investigators from Brigham Young University (BYU) discovered a youngster can become more persistent when they feel love and warmth from their father, they are taught about rules and accountability and granted a suitable degree of autonomy.

Professor Randal Day of the learning institute noted: "Learning to stick with it sets a foundation for kids to flourish and to cope with the stress and pressures of life."

Laura Padilla-Walker, a fellow professor at BYU, noted that fathers should strive to engage in interactions with their little ones and increase involvement in their everyday lives, even though their time in which to do so might be limited.

Dr David Cohen comments:

"Of course dads should play with their children and teach them to persist. This insight is true but not new, as the late Hans Eysenck said of some of Freud's work. John Locke said precisely what the researchers from Brigham Young are saying in his Some Thoughts Concerning Education though he did not, of course, do any experiments.

"I'm finishing a book on how royal children have been brought up and the research would also not have suprised many mediaeval monarchs who spent hours teaching their children how to fence and fight."