A study suggests that couples have a stronger relationship when the father spends more time playing with their child.
But when he participates in care-giving such as giving baths, parents undermine each other.
The study in the Journal of Developmental Psychology involved 112 couples with four-year-olds.
They were asked how often they played with their children and were involved in care-giving.
The US researchers looked for signs of supportive co-parenting, and for evidence of couples criticising or trying to “outdo” each other.
A year later the couples took part in a similar activity and results showed when fathers played more with their child at the beginning of the study, the couple showed more supportive co-parenting in the second session.
But when fathers took part more in care-giving, the couples showed lower levels of supportive co-parenting a year later.
It’s a small study, so I would like to see another one that is bigger.
ToryNinja notified me about this video of Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper singing and playing the piano in a comment, but it deserves a post. The song is “With a Little Help from my Friends” by the Beatles. He plays the piano very well while singing!
Everyone from the mainstream media to the blogs are talking about it. He is getting a lot of accolades from some traditionally nasty places. The Canadians are just thrilled with their conservative prime minister. He’s an economist, so he knows how to run the country. I wish he was my President! When you look at the jobs lost during the current recession, it’s quite clear that we are doomed.