For a stronger father-child relationship
Fathers who spend lots of time helping out with child
care-related tasks are developing the best relationships with their
children. There are two questions fathers of young children should ask
themselves: What activities are best for bonding with my child, and when should
those activities take place? New research from the University of Georgia
reveals that both the type of involvement - caregiving versus play; and the
timing - workday versus non-workday - have an impact on the quality of the
early father-child relationship. Researchers worked with 80 father-child pairs
when the children were about 3 years old. The team conducted interviews and
observed father-child interaction in the home, shooting video that was
evaluated off site.
The study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, reveals that fathers who choose to spend time with their children on non-workdays in pursuing activities that are child-centered, or fun for the child, set the tone for a good father-child relationship.