Why Dads Are Happier And Less Stressed Than Mums (M)

Although having children is highly meaningful, non-parents are often found to be happier overall than parents.

Although having children is highly meaningful, non-parents are often found to be happier overall than parents.

Keep reading with a Premium Membership

• Read members-only and premium articles
• Access courses
• Adverts removed
• Cancel at any time
• 14 day money-back guarantee for new members

The Most Effective Learning Technique Is The Oldest (M)

Children gained a better understanding of evolution when taught in this way.

Children gained a better understanding of evolution when taught in this way.

Keep reading with a Premium Membership

• Read members-only and premium articles
• Access courses
• Adverts removed
• Cancel at any time
• 14 day money-back guarantee for new members

Generous Children Are Raised By Parents Like This (M)

Generosity has a calming effect on human physiology, the researchers found.

Generosity has a calming effect on human physiology, the researchers found.

Keep reading with a Premium Membership

• Read members-only and premium articles
• Access courses
• Adverts removed
• Cancel at any time
• 14 day money-back guarantee for new members

Mean Children Raised By Parents Who Do This (M)

Some parents bring up children who find it hard to control their aggression.

Some parents bring up children who find it hard to control their aggression.

Keep reading with a Premium Membership

• Read members-only and premium articles
• Access courses
• Adverts removed
• Cancel at any time
• 14 day money-back guarantee for new members

Narcissistic Children Raised By Parents Like This (M)

The conclusions come from two studies involving almost six hundred pairs of parent-and-child.

The conclusions come from two studies involving almost six hundred pairs of parent-and-child.

Keep reading with a Premium Membership

• Read members-only and premium articles
• Access courses
• Adverts removed
• Cancel at any time
• 14 day money-back guarantee for new members

How Divorced Parents Affect Your Relationships (M)

Parental divorce affects a critical neurotransmitters, study reveals.

Parental divorce affects a critical neurotransmitters, study reveals.

Keep reading with a Premium Membership

• Read members-only and premium articles
• Access courses
• Adverts removed
• Cancel at any time
• 14 day money-back guarantee for new members

This Childhood Environment Protects Mental Health (M)

Children who grow up in this environment have a 55 percent lower risk of mental health problems later on.

Children who grow up in this environment have a 55 percent lower risk of mental health problems later on.

Keep reading with a Premium Membership

• Read members-only and premium articles
• Access courses
• Adverts removed
• Cancel at any time
• 14 day money-back guarantee for new members

Self-Critical People Are Raised By Parents Who Do This (M)

Being self-critical is also linked to heightened depression and anxiety later on.

Being self-critical is also linked to heightened depression and anxiety later on.

Keep reading with a Premium Membership

• Read members-only and premium articles
• Access courses
• Adverts removed
• Cancel at any time
• 14 day money-back guarantee for new members

How Childhood Trauma Affects The Brain And Body (M)

These effects may be reduced by using treatments aimed at improving children’s mental health.

These effects may be reduced by using treatments aimed at improving children's mental health.

Keep reading with a Premium Membership

• Read members-only and premium articles
• Access courses
• Adverts removed
• Cancel at any time
• 14 day money-back guarantee for new members

Self-Controlled People Are Raised By Fathers Who Do This (M)

Self-control is repeatedly found to be vital for success in relationships, work and even for good mental health.

Self-control is repeatedly found to be vital for success in relationships, work and even for good mental health.

People whose fathers played with them more as children grow up with stronger self-control, four decades of research reveals.

Up to the age of three, playtime with Dad seems to have a particularly beneficial effect.

Men tend to play in more physical ways, the researchers found, including giving piggy-back rides, tickling and chasing.

This may help children learn to control their feelings.

As a result, later on they can find it easier to regulate their behaviour.

Self-control is repeatedly found to be vital for success in relationships, work and even for good mental health.

Professor Paul Ramchandani, the study’s first author, said:

“It’s important not to overstate the impact of father-child play as there are limits to what the research can tell us, but it does seem that children who get a reasonable amount of playtime with their father benefit as a group.”

The conclusions come from a review of 78 separate studies carried out over four decades.

The results showed that most fathers play with their children every day.

Fathers, though, play more physically with their children.

With babies, they lift them up more and with toddlers they use more rough-and-tumble play.

It emerged that children who played more with their fathers were less likely to have emotional and behavioural problems later on along with a lower risk of hyperactivity.

Professor Ramchandani said:

“Physical play creates fun, exciting situations in which children have to apply self-regulation.

You might have to control your strength, learn when things have gone too far — or maybe your father steps on your toe by accident and you feel cross!

It’s a safe environment in which children can practise how to respond. If they react the wrong way, they might get told off, but it’s not the end of the world — and next time they might remember to behave differently.”

Mothers can, of course, support physical play, just the same as fathers, said Professor Ramchandani:

“One of the things that our research points to time and again is the need to vary the types of play children have access to, and mothers can, of course, support physical play with young children as well.

Different parents may have slightly different inclinations when it comes to playing with children, but part of being a parent is stepping outside your comfort zone.

Children are likely to benefit most if they are given different ways to play and interact.”

The study was published in the journal Developmental Review (Amodia-Bidakowska et al., 2020).

Get free email updates

Join the free PsyBlog mailing list. No spam, ever.