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Dad’s reading is new chapter of child language development

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Fathers, as well as mothers, are being encouraged to read to their kids after new research has shown the impact dads can have for their child’s language development. The latest research from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) has opened the book on how children’s improvement in language is influenced by the involvement of their dad. Researchers found that when fathers read to their children at home, the child’s language development increased as they grew older.” (more)

Teachers and fathers play key roles in protecting young people from cyberbullying

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Authored by the University’s Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) England team, the report, published on Thursday, highlights that supportive teacher-student relationships are associated with a lower risk of cyberbullying in children. It follows earlier findings by HBSC England researchers, published in the journal Youth and Society, that young people who do not feel supported by their teachers are more than twice as likely to be a victim of cyberbullying as those who do. The cyberbullying report also says fathers can play an important protective role. HBSC England research has suggested young people who find it difficult to communicate with their father are 50 per cent more likely to be cyberbullied compared with those who say they can talk easily.”(more)

Engaging fathers in parenting intervention improves outcomes for both kids and fathers

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“A parenting program where fathers engage with their children through reading was found to boost the fathers’ parenting skills while also improving the preschoolers’ school readiness and behavior, finds a study led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. “Unlike earlier research, our study finds that it is possible to engage fathers from low-income communities in parenting interventions, which benefits both the fathers and their children,” said Anil Chacko, associate professor of counseling psychology at NYU Steinhardt and the lead author of the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.”(more)

Ask Mr. Dad: When it comes to education, dads matter; a lot

The Journal Times – Armin Brott

There’s no shortage of studies that prove that parents — meaning mom and dad — make a difference. In fact, the more parents are involved, the better the kids do. Unfortunately, far too many schools use the word “parents” as a synonym for “moms.” Ignoring dads this way — even if it’s unintentional — does more damage than simply shortchanging our children. Need proof? When dads get involved, they’re sending a clear message that they care about their kids and value education. Their children, in turn.”(more)

Confident fathers have happier children, says study

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Confident fathers who embrace becoming a parent are less likely to have children who display behavioural issues before the teenage years, a study says. The Oxford University research stresses the importance of a man’s attitude to fatherhood soon after birth. This can influence later behaviour more than undertaking childcare and chores. The study assessed if fathers were confident with their child, formed a strong bond and felt closer to their partner as a result of parenthood.”(more)

A father’s influence makes for better grades

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“The warmth of a father’s love has a special influence on young people, and makes them feel optimistic and determined to strive for greater things. It also boosts the math grades of teenage girls and the language ability of boys, says Dr. Marie-Anne Suizzo of the University of Texas in the US, in an article in Springer’s journal Sex Roles.”(more)