Posted by: al66888 | June 17, 2007

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads

A quick note, just to say Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there.  In a time where we see the traditional family becoming less of the norm, it’s important to see the benefits of having both mom and dad around. 

In this Wall Street Journal piece, that can be read here, here are some of the many great things that are learned from a child’s father:

Specifically, dads’ early play and the way they talk to their toddlers are emerging as special “father functions” that have a particular and lasting effect.

Fathers tend to engage kids in more rough-and-tumble play, for example. Researchers say this can have a powerful positive impact on children, fostering curiosity and teaching them to regulate emotion and enjoy surprises.

A 2004 study by Catherine Tamis-LeMonda at New York University and others found a link between fathers’ warm, stimulating play with their 2-year-olds and better language and cognitive skills in the children a year later, independent of mothers’ behavior. The effect endures into adolescence. Dads who play with toddlers in stimulating and encouraging ways tend to have children with healthier relationships at age 16, surpassing mothers’ effect, says a 2002 study in the journal Social Development.

A study last year at the University of North Carolina found a link between fathers who used varied vocabulary with their 2-year-olds, and more advanced speech at age 3, even though the fathers spoke less often to the children


  1. Hey, AL66888.

    I just left a rather lengthly comment to your comment on Portland Princess’ site. Thanks for taking me to task! You made valid and fair points, and this has been informative for me. I’m not really a political creature, unfortunately, but I have some positions that I’m fairly confident about and well-read on.

    Ok, enjoy your Sunday.

  2. It is days like these that helps remind me to appreciate all my father went through raising me. It saddens me when I read about the current culture where so many children are devoid of a fulltime dad. I am not sure we are evolving in our parental skills.

  3. Oh no, it looks like I’m now the bad guy. Sorry about that puddlehead. I’ll have to go and check out PP’s blog to see how bad you gave it back!

    just to follow up on the Happy Father’s day thing, because I agree with thescoundrel, here is TIME Magazine showing how we horrible we are as parents. According the them, “Given the right combination of chemistry and culture, good fathering is a varied and highly sustainable resource–one that’s just waiting to be tapped”

    Unbelievable, more psycho-babble, oddly enough written by two people who could never be a father.,9171,1630551,00.html

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