Parenting seemed simpler in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Sans psychologists or childrearing seminars, discipline was strict and swift. While contemporary moms and dads may reject their predecessors’ authoritarian ways,
studies confirm that children raised during this parenting golden age were not only more obedient and respectful than today’s children, but also happier. Here are five parenting “golden oldies” worth resurrecting for everyone’s sake.
Rudeness is on the rise, and upbringing—or lack thereof—is to blame, according to public consensus. Psychologists suggest that the ’50s cultural shift sidetracked parents from teaching common courtesies to their children, making manners virtually obsolete ever since.
So what if your child doesn’t say the “magic words” or make eye contact? Manners aren’t just social niceties. A national survey of preschool teachers reveals that parents can positively influence their children’s school success by encouraging proper etiquette, which builds confidence and communication skills. “Good manners,” adds Bennett, “create positive impressions on others.” On a broader scale, treating others as you would like to be treated promotes further prosocial behavior benefiting everybody.
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