“Dads Matter”

In a 2014 book, author Paul Raeburn used scientific data to emphasize just how important dads can be to their children in families where there is a Mother and a Father.  The book Do Fathers Matter:  What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked, uses data gathered by scientists to determine specifically how children benefit from their Fathers.

For example, on the subject of language development, the book suggests that Fathers matter more than Mothers in this area of child development.  A study revealed that when Fathers used more words with their children during play, the children had more advanced language skills a year later.  In particular, they found that the Fathers’ use of vocabulary when reading picture books to their children at 6 months of age was significantly related to the children’s expressiveness at 15 months and use of advanced language at age 3.  These facts held true no matter what the Mother’s educational level was or how she spoke to the children.

According to Raeburn’s quoted research, the rationale for these findings may be because Mothers generally spend more time with their children, are more attuned to their children and may choose words they are familiar with.  Fathers, who may be less attuned to their children, may use a broader vocabulary.  Another reason may be “novelty.”  Because Fathers often spend less time with their children, the time they do spend with their children may become more of a novelty and possibly more interesting for their children.

As divorce attorneys, we have always believed that two involved and loving parents should both have a role in their children’s lives.  Scientific data appears to support this belief.

From http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2015/0616/in-the-magazine/daddy-factor.html.  Based on the book; Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked, published in June by Scientific American, an imprint of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux LLC. © 2014 by Paul Raeburn. All rights reserved.

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