Dividing up responsibilities between mother and father when our kids are young can be a daunting task.
But it turns out that there’s one duty I, as a father, should always take on, according to science, no less: the bedtime story.
Kids who are read to by dad, according to a study by Harvard University researchers, have better-developed language skills than kids who were read to by mom. So, if families have a choice—meaning the father is in the picture and present in the household—dad should take on the nightly bedtime story.
Let’s face it. Most dads interact with their kids differently than mothers and those differences can be hugely beneficial—dads roughhousing with kids, for example, helps children sync physical action and mental concentration and helps them learn to regulate themselves.
So Dads, let’s read to our kids!