The evidence isn’t just anecdotal. As Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute has found:
Parents play a critical part in their children’s early developmental phases, and are an important factor in them meeting key milestones during early school years.
VU graduate Rhian Stavely, now a biomedical researcher at Harvard University, believes that by becoming as educated as possible he has given his whole family a chance to succeed.
“Across my bachelor, masters and PhD studies, I have had three daughters with my wife (who also excelled in her masters during this time). I was driven to lead by example and encourage others, especially my daughters and three nieces, to show them that they can live their dreams.”
So whether you’re motivated to set a good example, need to uplift the financial prospects of your family, are keen to upskill or just follow a passion (and want a team of tiny people to help with your cramming), the fact remains: activities at home, that involve parents with their children, have the biggest impact on kids' future achievements.