There are thousands of books about how to raise a happy, successful child. But under scrutiny it becomes obvious that almost all of these books are based on “conventional wisdom”–wives’ tales, folklore, cultural norms, and family tradition. Yet, what is that worth? Just because your parents raised you a certain way doesn’t mean it was the best way, does it? Is there a science to raising happy, healthy, children?
It turns out, yes, there is. Scientists in the U.K. have been conducting “longitudinal” studies of children over several generations since the mid twentieth century, following the children’s development through adulthood. The studies gathered an enormous body of data on each child, and conducted regression analysis to determine what factors contributed to healthy, successful children. The results from this one-of-a-kind study are remarkable.
In the Ted Talk below, U.K. scientist Helen Pearson describes the study, and the surprising findings. In short–don’t waste money in a high-conflict divorce. It’s scientifically proven: Your child’s health, lifestyle, happiness, and successful future depend on it.
From the YouTube description: “For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. It’s the longest-running study of human development in the world, and it’s produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way we live, learn and parent. Reviewing this remarkable research, science journalist Helen Pearson shares some important findings and simple truths about life and good parenting.“