There are several common factors that parents of successful children have:
- Parents of successful children teach their children to develop strong social skills, often role-modelling these directly. Socially-skilled children, who can learn to cooperate with others, be kind and helpful, and who can understand their own emotions are more likely to go on to university and secure a full-time job by the time they are in their twenties.
- Parents of successful children generally have mothers who work. Daughters of working mums have an increased likelihood of securing a more successful career than those raised by stay-at-home mums. Sons of working mums also tend better to learn their responsibilities towards domestic and childcare duties. All children with working mothers develop a clearer understanding and belief in gender equality.
- Parents of successful children have generally achieved higher levels of education themselves and have high expectations. "... what one person expects of another can serve as a self-fulfilling prophecy."
- Parents of successful children do not overly exhibit stress or anxiety. They provide a secure emotional base for their children. If a parent is tired, anxious or stressed, this will impact their child.
- Parents of successful children value their child's effort more than their achievement. They see failure not as something to avoid, but as a challenge to overcome, as a prompt to grow further and stretch abilities.