A study conducted by Demos found that children with “tough love” parents were twice as likely to show good character capabilities by age 5. The author of the report found that warmth and consistent discipline were key to helping kids build character.
After analyzing data from more than 9,000 households in the UK, the researchers found that qualities such as self-regulation and empathy were more likely in children whose parents used a tough love parenting approach.
Additionally, the report found that parenting style was more influential on children than their socioeconomic status. Regardless of whether children were rich or poor or had married or divorced parents, parenting style was the biggest predictor of character development.