|Dads Reading with Kids|
Studies have shown that mothers are most often the ones to read to their children. Though there is nothing wrong with women reading to their children, offering kids a variety of different experiences with both parents with reading can be incredibly beneficial to their development. Not only can this help their reading skills but it can also help build special bonds as well.
Men are often seen as people of action. Dads tend to take over when it comes to physical activity or manual labor, and while these skills are important, it is also important not to get hung up on gender roles. Reading is just as much an activity as anything else; ‘to read’ is a verb, right? It’s something you do! And we all know that having two people read the same thing can provide drastically different results. So having dad step in and do some reading can help broaden a child’s imagination as well as their reading skills.
Studies have actually shown that kids who read with both their mother and their father performed better on standardized tests and had a wider grasp on a more diverse vocabulary. This is because mom and dad both bring something unique to the table. Each person is different and will inherently bring a different skill set to whatever activity parent and child are partaking in. This applies to reading as well.
Similar studies have also shown that not only are kids more well-rounded in terms of their reading skills, but that they are generally better behaved and more emotionally developed as well. This is often because fathers who regularly read to their children also share in caregiving responsibilities with mom, leading to higher self-esteem, better attachment and healthier social competence in kids.
Regardless of whether the child is a boy or a girl, having daddy read to them is important. Statistically, boys do not read nearly as much as girls do and there have been plenty of campaigns pushed by children’s publishers to entice boys to pick up more books. Having dad read can help young boys feel more confident in reading, regardless of subject material. Another study shows that boys who read with or are regularly read to by their fathers are more likely to score higher in terms of reading comprehension and overall achievement. However, when it comes to girls and reading with their fathers, they can gain more confidence and insight because dad can offer a different perspective and suggest a different array of books and topics than mom would choose.
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