Parents who regularly kiss each other and have shared interests are more likely to praise their children, new research shows.
A study of 5,000 families has shown couples who feel they have a high level of ‘bliss’ and kiss each other often are likely to be better parents.
Experts say the study confirms that a fulfilled love life leads to more successful parenting and helps reveal what makes a ‘good’ father.
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When parents are in an affectionate relationship they are more likely to praise their children, research shows
When both men and women consider themselves in a blissful relationship they were seen to praise their children more often instead of shouting at them.
Frequent kissing, spending time enjoying shared interests and a sense of general satisfaction all contributed to a blissful relationship.
Unsurprisingly, parents who often considered divorce, got on each other’s nerves, argued frequently and regretted forming their relationship were more likely to shout at their children.
The study also revealed men were more optimistic about the state of their relationships than women.
Men were more likely to say they were ‘very happy’ in the relationship (69 per cent) than women (65 percent).
And only 37 per cent of women said their partner ‘rarely or never’ got on their nerves, compared to 43 per cent of men.
The research was undertaken by NatCen Social Research, the University of East Anglia and the Thomas Coram Research Unit as part of broader study on fatherhood.
The study was undertaken by researchers at the University of East Anglia (pictured), NatCen Social Research and the Thomas Coram Research Unit
Dr Svetlana Speight, of NatCen Social Research, told the Daily Telegraph the research showed ‘happy mums and dads’ made for better parents.
She said: ‘It’s really important to understand what makes dads good dads and it’s clear from this analysis that love-life fulfillment is a big part of this.’
And Professor Margaret O’Brien, from the Institute of Education in London, said: ‘Clearly, this research shows that fulfilled individuals within a loving relationship are more successful at raising their children.’
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