Who will read a bedtime story? New research on the role of the father

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Who will read a bedtime story? New research on the role of the father
Who will read a bedtime story? New research on the role of the father

A new study shows that fathers have a stronger influence on a child's development than previously thought.

Who will read a fairy tale before bed? New research on the role of the father

What part does the father take in the upbringing of the child

It has long been known that when dads take part in a child's daily life, children grow up to be more calm and socially adapted. They do better in school and have fewer behavior problems. And at the same time, most fathers quite sincerely believe that the father's role in raising a child will begin when the time comes to take his son fishing, and beat off boyfriends from his daughter. Until that moment, their male duty is to provide for the family: “Did I bring money into the house? What are my questions?" And many mothers, even those who sincerely care about the development and he alth of their children, share this belief.

In fact, communication with the father is especially useful at an early age of the child, when his abilities are just beginning to form. And even if dad disappears all day at work, a short evening communication in the form of a bedtime story turns out to be incredibly valuable, because the influence of a father on a child is huge.

A recent study found that children benefit more when their father reads a bedtime story rather than their mother. How did this influence of the father on the upbringing of children come to light?

A survey of 500 low-income families was conducted in the US. We studied both complete families and those in which the child is raised by one of the parents, including families with single fathers.

Researchers found that those young children who were read fairy tales by their fathers in the evening were ahead of their peers in language development by about a year. And they began to read and write, on average, two years earlier. This is such an important role played by the participation of the father in the upbringing of the child.

Children who were read fairy tales by their mothers did not show a noticeable advance in the development of those children who were not read fairy tales at all.

And it's not the timbre of the voice that the child hears. The difference between dad and mom turned out to be quite simple: fathers read fairy tales using more complex and abstract concepts and terms. Mothers, on the contrary, preferred to adapt the text, assuming that the child would not yet understand something and should be simplified. And in general, moms can also be understood. When you run in a day, you want as few questions as possible, “What does this mean?” and "Why?" I would fall asleep sooner.

It has also been observed that mothers try to show the child in the picture in the book what it is about. That is, they offer visible and directly perceived objects.

But fathers, for the most part, love not only to explain complex or new words for a child, but also give oral examples from their lives. And as a result of the upbringing of the child by the father, the baby learns to perceive abstract, abstract concepts, using his memory and imagination.

Reading at night not only develops the child's brain. This greatly strengthens the emotional bond between dad and baby. The developmental impact is especially great when dads start reading at bedtime to children under the age of two.

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