Bringing Fathers In is a series of smart, punchy, evidence-based information sheets backed up with a series of online research summaries.
Better educated fathers, like better educated mothers, have a more positive impact on their children’s early learning.
Fathers can be motivated to engage in further learning when they understand the benefits to their children.
High quality (sensitive/supportive) and substantial father involvement from the month following birth is connected with a range of positive outcomes in babies and toddlers, including higher IQs at 12 months and 3 years.
Five-year-olds with two supportive parents score more highly on language development.
Shared decision-making by mother and father is directly linked to very young children’s better academic and social skills
Research shows that babies as young as three months are fully equipped to pay attention to two people at the same time:
• Babies can rapidly shift their gaze from one person to the other as the interaction develops, sharing attention and feelings with both adults.
Adrienne Burgess writes:
Infancy is the best time to set parents’ relationships with their children – and each other – off on the right track.