Fathersmatter. And they matter a lot: Recent research shows that spending time with fathers improves infants’ language development and has a positive effect on a child’s growth, development and success in life. And even when a father doesn’t live with his child, studies show that children with more involved fathers have fewer behavior problems and score better on academic tests.
Though you may be less on “active duty” in the first few weeks and months, caring for your baby is great for bonding with Dad. Soothing and feeding your baby late at night to help Mom get more sleep, singing, making funny faces, and walking your baby around when he’s fussy, and having some special “daddy time” every day—such as bath time—will help you and your baby become close.
With Father’s Day approaching and a celebratory mood in the air, Children’s Institute,...Read More