A new study suggests that even when dads are prepared for (and intuitive about) fatherhood, their engagement with their new baby still depends on mom.
Professor Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan and her team at The Ohio State University found in their study of 182 expectant, dual-earner couples that dads are more heavily engaged with their infants specifically when mom is not.
It’s said that little girls mature emotionally faster than boys. Buy why? Is it in their genes? Or is it how we talk to them?
Do mothers and fathers use different, more emotional language with their children? Does it change based on the child’s age and gender? Does mom use different language than dad? Spoiler alert: yes.
The British Journal of Developmental Psychology published a study this month that doles out the deets.
If you and your partner are considering in vitro fertilization, you might want to cut back on the coffee and have a beer. But not two beers. That’d just decrease your chances of conceiving, according to a recent study.
But you knew this already because you, dear reader, were at “the premier reproductive medicine meeting of the year“, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual. It was held October 18-22 in Honolulu, Hawaii, but again, you knew that.
According to a recent study in the United Kingdom, over half of dads will fake sleep so that they don’t have to get up in the middle of the night for kid duty.
Trigger warning for those parents who love sleep and/or their partners, obvi.
If you found yourself playing “Baby Looks Like” bingo and had that one square you couldn’t stamp, it might be because you didn’t add “my spouse’s ex-boyfriend” to the card. Turns out that a recent study found that maybe – just maybe – your baby inherited some of their looks from an old notch on mom’s bedpost.
This study out of the University of New South Wales has it all: sperm, sex, doubt, fear, and past lovers. Oh, and fruit flies. And because of that, I guess, no technical link to human babies, but let’s not mire in the details here, people.
I’ve been calling out dad-bias in commercials for years now, and really wanted to put the nail in the coffin. So I watched, noted and rated 140 commercials in 2013 that featured fathers as main characters. And if I was looking for a fight…man, I couldn’t have done it at a worse time. There, I said it.
A popular conversation among dad bloggers is the treatment of fathers in the media, specifically, dads in commercials. Dad bloggers often sit around in their secret online societies and discuss exactly how bad dads look in commercials. Most of the time, you’ll hear a resounding “fathers are made to look like idiots!” And being a guy who’s flamed many a brand that poked fun at dads (and also congratulated a couple), I wanted to really commit time and effort into seeing exactly how many commercials I could find that treated dads poorly. I really wanted to hold up my list of commercials to the world and say “SEE?! Look at how commercials treat dads! We should riot!”
And then my results actually surprised me.
Researchers at Montreal’s McGill University are at it again with their scientific mousecapades. Recently, scientists at McGill gave us the news that fatherless mice turn into a-holes.
Now, researchers are thinking more with their stomachs and reinforcing the notion that dudes planning on having kids should be careful when trying to conceive, as their vitamin B9 “folate” levels have an effect on their sperm. And not the deliciousness factor of the sperm, mind you.
Not that we’re saying it’s delicious. Not that we’re saying that we’re not.
In what will be considered as the opening shots in the war against fatherlessness in mice, Montreal’s McGill University just blew the ink dry on a study that concluded that mice that grow up without dads end up being more aggressive than those growing up in monogamous and biparented homes.
The researchers, including McGill University’s own Gabriella Gobbi, Francis R. Bambico, Baptiste Lacoste, Patrick R. Hattan, used mice from California. Evidently, the “best coast” offers warm temperatures, diverse street cultures laid-back attitudes, and mice that display “monogamous bonding and biparental care”.
Not all of the mice though. Some of them grow up without dads. And those mice, dear readers, turn out dickish.