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Survey reveals parents want their kids to have this quality trait above all others

When it comes to personal character traits, most parents seem to want one thing above all others.

A survey was conducted by Motherly – with almost 4,000 mums taking part – and participants were asked about what qualities they hoped their kids would have as they grew up.

Survey reveals parents want their kids to have this quality trait above all others

Parents want their kids to have this quality trait above all others

It seems, kindness is the number one characteristic most parents want for their kids, with 46 per cent of mums in the poll choosing this trait above all others.

Other good qualities mums want their children to have are:

  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Open-mindedness
  • Curiosity
  • Intelligence
  • Braveness
  • Generosity
  • Tolerance

Survey reveals parents want their kids to have this quality trait above all others

Experts have revealed that being nice is an integral part to a child’s future success, happiness and wellbeing.

Empathy is a quality that can be taught and by being empathetic it helps prepare a child for socialising successfully with those around them.

Richard Weissbourd – a Harvard psychologist who also runs the Making Caring Common project, which teaches kids to be kind – tells The Washington Post, that parents need to be a good role model when it comes to kindness.

“Children are not born simply good or bad and we should never give up on them,” he says.

“They need adults who will help them become caring, respectful, and responsible for their communities at every stage of their childhood.”

Survey reveals parents want their kids to have this quality trait above all others

Another study finds parents want their children to take responsibility

In another study by the Pew Research Center, 94 per cent of parents surveyed revealed they wanted their children to learn responsibility.

92 per cent wanted to teach them the value of hard work, 86 per cent wanted their kids to have good manners. Meanwhile, 67 per cent say they want their little ones to be empathetic.

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Editor with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. When Jennifer isn't trawling the internet for the latest celebrity gossip she is running around after her son Kian.

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