Friday, November 9, 2007

Father parenting style

We tend to be more arousing and unpredictable with kids from the get-go. We rock our baby more than moms do, and roll around with them in floor play. Babies as young as eight weeks old notice the difference between a mom's protectiveness and a dad's stimulation.

Our little ones showed special signs of excitement when we approached. They scrunched up their shoulders, breathed more rapidly and opened their eyes wide. And they usually pick us over moms for fun and action more than two-thirds of the time.

Research shows that this kind of daddy-style play builds cognitive skills, and helps children acquire social and emotional experiences that prepare them for school -- how to take turns, how to negotiate, regulate and understand feelings, and how to be a leader. "Kids who learn these early social skills from their fathers do better with peers," says Ross Parke, distinguished professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and author of Fatherhood.


Paula Angelique Hafner said...

I know a mother that is so super protective that she sent the father away.

Anonymous said...

a mother should never block a fathers love.