Here’s a little confession for you: I don’t have many memories of my mother reading to my as a child, but ironically enough I have plenty of my dad reading my bedtime stories while growing up. Maybe it was because my mom was too busy doing basically everything else, or I just preferred to have my dad tuck me into bed, but either way I would have to credit him for growing up with a strong love for reading.
According to a new study though, kids are actually better off having their books read by their dads than their moms. Why, you say? Because girls in particular were found to have benefitted more when read by a male family member.
According to The Telegraph, Elisabeth Duursma, who conducted the research, said: “The impact is huge, particularly if dads start reading to kids under the age of two. Reading is seen as a female activity and kids seem to be more tuned in when their dad reads to them – it’s special.”
She found that men and women approach the task differently, with women more likely to ask factual questions, such as, “How many apples do you see?” and men favoring more abstract questions.”
“Dads were more likely to say something like, ‘Oh look, a ladder. Do you remember when I had that ladder in my truck?’” Dr Duursma said. “That is great for children’s language development because they have to use their brains more. It’s more cognitively challenging.”
Tell us Hot Moms, who does all the reading in your household?