Dads deserve a little more credit than we give them for how much influence they have in our kid’s lives. According to The Stir, here are 8 WAYS DADS INFLUENCE KIDS MORE THAN MOMS:
1. Blazing tests or the SATs- Dads have a bigger effect on kids' language development. The University of North Carolina, found that when dads used more words with their kids during play, they had more advanced language skills a year later. And, dads who are nurturing, involved, and playful with their babies also have kids with higher IQs.
2. Little Susie’s Virginity- Psychologist Sarah E. Hill of Texas Christian University, says there’s “a robust association between father absence, both physical and psychological, and accelerated reproductive development and sexual risk-taking in daughters."
3. Acting out- According to research published in the journal “Pediatrics”, kids whose dads were depressed while mom was expecting were more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems at age 3.
4. Eating Habits- "It is now clear that a baby’s risk to develop poor eating habits are clearly influenced by what others are doing around them, especially their dad," says genetic counselor at Emory University, Karen Grinzaid.
5. Popularity- Children who have an involved father are more likely to be confident, emotionally secure, and, as they grow older, have better social connections with peers.
6. Getting into trouble- According to a report published in “Marriage & Family Review”, kids with an involved dad are less likely to get in trouble at home, school, or in the neighborhood.
7. Being a bully- Rough-housing, that kids tend to engage in more exclusively with their dads, can teach children how to deal with aggressive impulses and physical contact without losing control of their emotions.
8. Your daughter becoming president- Dads who believe in women’s rights are more likely to have daughters with high career ambitions, according to research presented at the 2013 meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.