Myth 4: I can’t “make” hubby be a better dad.

ImageA study was published in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of Family Psychology. It looked at 97 couples in the Midwest who were married or cohabiting, and who were expecting a child when the study began. The couples completed a survey that probed their beliefs about the roles of fathers in taking care of children. About 3.5 months after the birth, researchers conducted an in-home assessment. What they found was that regardless of the fathers beliefs about how much they should be involved in childcare, the mothers attitude determined how much dads would act on their beliefs. If mom encouraged dad’s efforts, he would be a more attentive father. If she was critical, he would be less attentive. It seems the old adage is as true for fatherhood as for everything else, “You attract more bees with honey than vinegar.”

Read more from Ohio State where this study was lead by Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan

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