Blogger: Rachel Kent
I came across an article about a 2015 Harvard University study that showed that when a father reads to a child it leads to more advanced language development than when a mother reads to a child–especially for girls. I think this is fascinating and surprising! I take pride in my reading ability and I feel like I engage my children in the books by my reading style. I guess it is still better for my husband to do the bedtime reading? At least as far as encouraging language development goes, anyway. Maybe a mother’s reading leads to an advancement in something else?
The study found that men are more likely to engage children in abstract conversation while reading. Saying things like:
“‘Oh look, a ladder. Do you remember when I had that ladder in my truck?’ That is great for children’s language development because they have to use their brains more. It’s more cognitively challenging.”
I do a lot of reading with my children before bedtime and I wonder if this leads to less stimulating conversation because I am tired by the time we are settling in to read a book. Maybe a dad would read with the child at a different time of day? I can’t figure out why dad vs. mom would make a difference!
I am very glad that reading is a big part of the routine in our house and I love that my children enjoy books with mom or dad–and occasionally both of us at the same time! And I think they are on track with language development. They are both readers and are reading at levels beyond their grade levels.
Do you have any thoughts on why it might be more beneficial for a dad to read to a child vs. a mom?
Did you grow up with a parent reading to you on a regular basis? Was it your dad or mom?
I searched around for a link to the actual study and I didn’t see it online. Sorry not to have that for you. Here is a link to another article referencing the study.