Call for dads to get reading
Fathers who make a practice of reading with their children actually become better parents over time, according to a new study by New York University.
The study also found children of fathers who read in the home on a regular basis had shown a 30 per cent improvement in their school-readiness and language-development scores.
Their fathers’ parenting behaviour improved by 30 per cent well. The behaviours included creating routines, offering rewards for positive behaviour and ignoring their child’s attention-seeking behaviour.
The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, found children’s overall behaviour improved when their father’s spent more time reading to them.
The dads of the younger children said they had a number of favourite books including Dragons Love Tacos
, Moustache Baby
and The Monster at the End of the Book.
For older children, Harold and the Purple Crayon
, Bicycle Bear
Research conducted by the University of Queensland has clearly shown that an important determinant
for a child's success at school is how much they are exposed to reading from a young age.