18    Oct 20120 comments

Family: Is Mom or Dad more important?

familyDoes it take one or two parents to create a happy child? Is Mom or Dad more important?

According to a new study by University of Iowa researchers, being attached to Dad is just as helpful as being close to Mom.

The study also revealed what families have known forever: Bond with your children when they are infants to make sure they will be happy and socially well-adjusted.

Researchers said that infants who have a close, intimate relationship with a parent are less likely to be troubled, aggressive or experience other emotional and behavioral problems when they reach school age.

They were surprised, however, to discover that infants who felt attached to both parents did not enjoy additional mental and emotional advantages into childhood, compared to those who had been close to just one parent.

Said one researcher:

“Some people think the father is not good enough to be the primary caregiver. Our data show otherwise.”

What is your opinion? Do you agree or not? Are there examples of male primary caregivers in your own family? Let us know in the comments below.

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