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Survey: Kids think parents value success over kindness

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Queens dad Rich Chase knows what he wants most for his two kids when they grow up. Chase says in his mind being a caring person is more important than being head of the class. And other parents we spoke to agreed.

But despite what parents say, it seems kids are getting a different message. A study by the Harvard Graduate School of Education surveyed 10,000 middle and high school students, and 80 percent reported their parents put a higher value on success then being a caring person.

But the study also found that just because parents emphasized achievement and good grades, doesn't necessarily mean their kids were more successful or happier.

Dr. Joshua Rosenthal, a child and adolescent psychologist in New York City, says parents' over-emphasis on success could backfire.

The study's authors say adults need to take a hard look at the message they are sending kids and when it comes to teaching kids how to be an ethical and caring person they should lead by example.

 

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