Parents have always had an essential role in the development of their children. Now science is adding to our knowledge of this integral link after research done into 11000 British Men and Women born in 1958.

A recent study just published and written up by the Telegraph, shares how there is a positive association with Children who have had more active involvement of their dad in their lives and the child’s IQ.
Some interesting takeaways:

  • It was a not enough for the parent to just be living in the same house they had to be involved. i.e. Taking them to sporting events or other activities, and spending time with them.
  • There was a positive association with IQ of the children at age 11.
  • The postive association at 42 years was evidenced by their increased social mobility. (Who knows maybe this effect may last for the rest of their lives **opinion**)
  • Men tended to pay more attention to their sons, rather than their daughters.

The findings were published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour.

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I find it fascinating reading about how important the family is to children, and really hope that all children can find a family to look after them. One phrase that always stays with me is “It takes a Village to raise a child”. I wonder how much of a difference it makes having extended family around as well.


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