Spare the rod and spoil the child, you might say.
But a recent survey of 5,000 participants online has revealed that having encouraging parents has a significant impact on children achieving academic success and happiness as adults.
Such kids, when they grow up, are likely to earn more and have a strong sense of morality too.
The study, carried out by researchers from Kobe University Centre for Social Systems Innovation and Doshisha University in Kyoto, grouped parenting methods into six categories - supportive, strict, indulgent, easy-going, harsh and average.
From the survey, they concluded that children of parents who were supportive, earned high salaries, achieved academic success, had high levels of happiness and a stronger sense of morality as adults.
Those who had a strict upbringing also reported high salaries and academic achievement, but experienced much lower levels of happiness and suffered a lot more stress.
This article was first published on June 26, 2016. Get The New Paper for more stories.