A study of 1,000 mothers and fathers of children under the age of seven identified the key qualities they would most like to develop in their children as they grow up, namely honesty, good manners and self-confidence.
A quarter wants their offspring to understand emotions well, and half would like their children to learn the art of “being kind to others.”
Loyalty, patience and optimism were also among the traits to be featured in the list of the top 20 parents who hope their children will develop.
In fact, 79% think their children should grow up in good company of friends rather than aspire to be the next prime minister.
Claudia Caron of Thomas & Friends, which commissioned the study, said: “It’s great to see how many moms and dads want their children to grow up to be kind, honest and independent, and not otherwise.
“It just goes to show that these qualities, which many take for granted, are not a given and people want to encourage their little ones to have them.”
Preparing for adulthood
The study also showed that for 47% of respondents it is important that their offspring have these qualities, and 58% believe that this will set them up well for later life.
It also found that 63 percent of moms and dads prioritize nurture over nature, as they admit they are actively doing everything to teach their children these important qualities.
While a quarter believe that soft skills such as initiative and organization are much more important for children at an early age than hard skills such as reading and writing.
Books for their children, reading books for self-education, and sending a child to extracurricular activities are some of the ways parents prepare their children for the future.
Parents will also read fairy tales more than four times a week, with 89% acknowledging the importance of reading fairy tales to their children.
While another 74 percent also acknowledge the influence of TV shows when it comes to influencing and shaping children into the adults they will one day be.
The research was conducted through OnePoll by Thomas & Friends to launch a new “Reading with Little Friends” campaign, in which the brand is teaming up with famous fathers, singer/musician Harry Judd and reality TV star Greg Shepard.
In two adorable videos, Harry’s kids Lola, 5, and Keith, 4, and Greg’s two kids, older Nellie, 8, and Arthur, 4, cozy up on the couch with their dads to spend quality quality time together. family reading.
Impact on children
The study also found that three-quarters of parents believe that they or primary caregivers are the most influential people when it comes to developing a child’s personality, with teachers and friends also having a significant influence.
Nevertheless, almost two-thirds believed that they could be more diligent in encouraging valuable qualities in their descendants.
Words of wisdom that moms and dads would like to pass on to their little ones to help them achieve their goals in life, including “treat people the way you would like to be treated.”
While 44% would advise their child to “admit their mistakes” and four out of 10 would recommend that “good communication is important.”
Claudia Caron of Thomas & Friends added: “Parents do a lot of things to develop these skills and there is no right or wrong answer.
“It’s great to see how enthusiastic parents are taking this into their own hands, reading to them, encouraging certain actions and just surrounding them with positive influence.
“Books are a great way to share personal moments with your children, as well as choose stories with good morals and learning, such as those found in Thomas and Friends.
Mcfly star Harry Judd said: “We had a lot of fun making the video and I’m really proud of Lola for reading and Keith for being able to stay still throughout the story.
“I’ve always been a fan of Thomas and Friends and I really love how funny the stories are and how they teach morality about being kind, helpful and working as a team, all of which I’m constantly trying to teach kids.”
Greg Shepherd, who appears with Nellie, Arthur and his wife Billy on the popular ITV reality show The Family Diaries, said: . friends as they grow up knowing what’s good and what’s bad and having good manners.”
20 qualities parents want their children to have
4. Good manners
8. Help others
14. Ability to communicate effectively
15. Understanding emotions
16. Ability to build strong friendships
17. Compliance with the rules
19. Ready to try new experiences
20. Ability to share