Dads Make Son Dumber !

Posted on November 25, 2007. Filed under: Family Issues | Tags: , , , , |

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.

Credit and thanks to ;

 

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22808884-5006007,00.html

Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

2 Responses to “Dads Make Son Dumber !”

RSS Feed for Laura1318’s Weblog Comments RSS Feed

I agree with you. It’s not cut and dry that one parent is better or not. It really depends on the type of parent you are. Hopefully you are a compliment so the child gets the love, attention, creative play, discipline etc from both parents and not relying on one. That can never be the best approach.

We all need a little help with things and just like asking for directions ( he he) sometimes we need to have activities suggested. Perhaps mums are better at finding out than dads or they just know where to go to get the information? Who knows but the point is we can’t do it all. Look around and find things/activities/solutions that work for your family.

[…] Check it out! While looking through the blogosphere we stumbled on an interesting post today.Here’s a quick excerptA 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. … […]


Where's The Comment Form?

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: