Dads Make Son Dumber !
Ouch! That is like a below the belt blow for men.
A researcher from the University of Bristol in the UK, Elizabeth Washbrook has found that boys are doing worse at school when it was their fathers who spent at least 15 hours each week taking sole care of them.
The study found that “some fathers appear not to provide the same quality of intellectual stimulation as mothers, at least to their sons”.
Ms Washbrook said that the findings suggest that fathers may be more inclined to believe that taking care of their son was more about “monitoring the child” than devising creative activities.
With due respect to her, I don’t think I will agree with this finding. Do mothers provide better intellectual stimulations than fathers? This is debatable. 15 hours a week is only two and a half hours a day.
I doubt you can predict accurately the results just from this data. Fathers are creative too and do play more games with their sons than mothers. In poorer families where both parents had to work, the child was left mostly to grow up on their own.
Even if the mother is the sole caregiver, I doubt if she can devise creative activities for the sons. She will be too tired after all those household chores and taking care of the other children.
Educating a child is not her forte for many mothers are not educator’s .For that, the child has got to go to school or kindergartens to learn from those teachers who are trained to teach and educate them.
The child of today is very hyperactive, they cannot sit still but will be continuously running here, climbing there like monkeys, falling down, and knocking into things and hurting themselves and the mother do not have the energy to chase after them.
Any energy left for creative activities? Do present mothers play with their children? They just have the time to clothe them, feed them and put them to sleep. For creative activities, that is left to the idiot box to pacify their restless spirits or left to the child menders or hired help.
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