There was a popular TV show in the 1980s called Family Ties about Boomer Parents and their Gen X firstborn. Elyse and Steven are Democrats (Dad works for Public Television, for Pete’s sake) and their son – Alex P. Keaton – is a conservative Republican. Sitcom hilarity subsequently ensued.
According to this recent article, from information first published in Psychological Science, researchers have determined that authoritarian parents tend to raise politically conservative children and egalitarian parents tend to raise politically liberal children. In other words, Alex P. Keaton would be an anomaly.
We adults define “good children” in different ways. Some of us define “good children” as being compliant and obedient. Others of us define “good children” as being fearless and inquisitive. Which temperament would you prefer to have in your real or imaginary children?
Conservative families tend to have more fearful children, according to this article. Their children are more afraid of breaking the rules, getting into trouble, and being excluded if they go a different way. Have you found this to be true in your family or in other families you know?
Liberal families tend to have more fearless children. Their children are temperamentally more restless and focused on activities. Have you found this to be true?
As I’ve shared before, there seem to be two basic parenting styles. And while it’s really easy to peg people and their their children, I am amazed when parents raise children who see the world in a diametrically different way than they do.
Republican parents tend to raise Republican children. Democratic parents tend to raise Democratic children. Or do we?