Supportive Moms Help Kids Grow into Committed Partners
By Blythe Copeland
Supporting your toddlers when they're faced with a challenging task could have positive effects that go way beyond boosting their self-esteem in the moment:Time Healthland reports on a study showing that supportive moms also help children grow into more committed romantic partners with a better chance of success in their relationships.
The study also asked 16-year-olds a series of questions designed to judge the way they handle conflict in relationships and found that those who were better problem-solvers as teens were also more often the "strong link" in their adult relationships.
That might not seem like groundbreaking work, but it does point to the way your daily dealings with your kids may create a pattern for their lives. From the article:
“The takeaway for me is that early relationships set the stage for current relationships,” says lead study author Minda Oriña. “If people have been somewhat punitive in the past toward you or you have had relationships where there is always a winner/loser, it's less likely you will enter a romantic relationship with an attitude of trust and willingness to work through problems.”
How do you support your kids and teach them to resolve conflicts?