There are a number of common factors that parents of successful children have:
Parents of successful children teach their children to develop strong social skills, often by role modelling these directly. Socially-skilled children, who can learn to co-operate with others, be kind and helpful, and who can understand their own emotions, are more likely to go on to university and to secure a full-time job by the time they are in their twenties.
Parents of successful children generally have mothers who work. Daughters of working mums have an increased likelihood of securing a more successful careers than those raised by stay-at-home mums. Sons of working mums also tend to better learn their responsibilities towards domestic and childcare duties. All children with working mothers develop a clearer understanding and belief in gender equality.
Parents of successful children have generally achieved higher levels of education themselves and have high expectations. "... what one person expects of another can come to serve as a self-fulfilling prophecy."
Parents of successful children do not overly-exhibit stress or anxiety. They provide a secure emotional base for their children. If a parent is tired, anxious or stressed, this will infect and impact upon their child.
Parents of successful children value their child's effort more than their achievement. They see failure not as something to avoid, but as a challenge to overcome, as a prompt to further grow and stretch abilities.