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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)

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)

Never mind students, how do we get distracted parents to unplug?

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“If schools hope to enlist parents in prying students away from smartphones and computers, they’re going to have to unplug mom and dad first. It won’t be easy because adolescents and teens aren’t the only ones with a serious media habit. Parents spend more than nine hours a day watching television, movies, and videos, playing video games, listening to music, using social media, reading either print or electronic books, and using digital devices for other purposes, such as browsing websites and playing games.”(more)

Good relationships with parents may benefit children’s health decades later

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Growing up in a well-off home can benefit a child’s physical health even decades later — but a lack of parent-child warmth, or the presence of abuse, may eliminate the health advantage of a privileged background, according to a Baylor University study. “Previous research has associated high socioeconomic status with better childhood nutrition, sleep, neighborhood quality and opportunities for exercise and development of social skills. But good parent-child bonds may be necessary to enforce eating, sleep and activity routines,” said researcher Matthew A. Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.”(more)

4 things teens really need from their parents

Mother Nature Network – Joanna Nesbit

“During the teen years, as activities and academics ramp up, parents and teens get so busy they become proverbial ships passing in the dining room. Dinners become fragmentmented and communication only occurs on the fly — and at a time when teens need the connection with their parents most. Of course, this is also the time teens are pushing the hardest for more independence and space. It’s not an easy time for anyone. During the teen years, kids are at greater risk for depression and anxiety. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression is the most common mental health disorder among teens and adults, and 10 to 15 percent of teens have symptoms of depression at any given time.”(more)

Five Ways Fathers Matter

Child Trends – Elizabeth Karberg, Kimberly Turner, Shawn Teague, April Wilson, Mindy Scott

“Research shows that fathers’ positive engagement can improve child well-being whether they live full-time with their children or not. Fatherhood is a complex and evolving concept, but there are some things we know for sure about its value for kids:”(more)