Dad Vs. Mom in Their Child’s Success
A study using a sample of almost 5,000 mother-father households found that parents play a unique role in their children’s academic success. Specifically, this study confirmed that interactive activities between a father and their three-year-old contributes to that child’s improved academic performance when they are five-years-old. And when a father is actively engaged with his five-year-old child, that child tends to have higher academic scores at seven-years-old. In other words, a father who engages his child in interactive activities promotes their academic success.
The same study suggested that a mother’s involvement with their child tends to promote improved emotional and social behaviors rather than academic achievement.
In general, children benefit from having both a mother and a father actively engaged in their lives. I just find it interesting that a mother’s involvement is more predictive of emotional and social behaviors while a father’s involvement is more predictive of academic success. So, if you want an emotionally healthy child who has good social skills and does well in school, engage with your child in a variety of activities on a regular basis.
- Draw with them.
- Read to them.
- Tell stories to them and with them.
- Sing together.
- Play games together.
- Participate in imaginative play together.
- Eat together.
Become actively involved in your child’s life and promote their future success.