I don’t want to brag or anything, but my toddler throws some epic tantrums.

Think—fists pounding the floor, legs flailing in 10 different directions, mouth making an ungodly amount of noise—tantrums.

Whether it’s sparked by my refusal to give him candy at 8 a.m., or his apple juice being poured into the wrong color sippy cup, or me trying to help him with something he insists on doing “by mysewf”, that pint-sized body sure can make some hurricane-sized waves.

It’s not always easy parenting a kid with an extreme temper, but a recent study has good news to share with parents who, like me, are raising strong-willed kids. Get this: apparently children who defy parental authority at a young age are more likely to find monetary success in their careers later on.

AKA: the bigger the fits, the bigger the future bank account.

How’s that for a silver lining?

The study, which was published by the American Psychological Association, followed the educational habits and job success of children who attended school in the European country of Luxembourg. Findings showed adults who had been hot-headed as kids actually stayed in school longer, pursued higher education, and made more money once they entered the career field.

So what’s the magic ingredient tantrum-throwing kids have that others might not?

Psychologists point to traits such as perseverance, passion, and grit as being top contributors to success.

In other words, the kid who JUST WON’T GIVE IT UP when you’re in a battle of the wills is the same kid who won’t give up when pursuing success in his career.

So, the next time you’re fielding disapproving looks as you carry your kicking and screaming toddler through the grocery store, just remember—the kid who drives you crazy now might just have you driving a brand new BMW in 30 years.

Casey Huff

Casey is a middle school teacher turned stay-at-home-mama to three littles. It's her mission as a writer to shine light on the beauty and chaos of life through the lenses of motherhood, marriage, and mental health. To read more, go hang out with Casey at: Facebook: Bouncing Forward Instagram: @bouncing_forward