ten Things We’ve Learned About Dads


In honor of Fathers Day, Smithsonian provides rounded up some research on fathers and fatherhood that has surfaced in the past year. Some of it is common sense, although it’ s nice to have common sense confirmed scientifically, but there are several findings that we may have never considered before.

1) Do the dishes. It’ s for your daughter:   Dads who want their daughters to aspire to prestigious professions should make a point of handling a lot more chores around the house. That’ s the particular suggestion of a study published within the journal Psychological Science, which figured when a father helps out a great deal at home, his daughters are more likely to break out of the mold of traditionally female jobs and instead seek a lot more high-powered careers. Researchers at the University of British Columbia said they will found that girls raised in homes where chores were contributed evenly between both parents were known to have broader career goals.  

2) Finally, grounds to eat brussel sprouts: It’ t not just pregnant women who need to eat healthful for the benefit of their offspring, Based on a study at McGill University in Canada.   it’ s important for prospective fathers to load up on veggies with folates, such as spinach, sprouts and broccoli, says a recent research based on mice.   If a father’s folic acid level is too reduced when he and his partner conceive, he may increase the risk that the child will have abnormalities.   It’ t long been recommended that women boost their folic acid level during pregnancy, and today, it may turn out that men have to do the same before trying to conceive.

There’ t more at Smithsonian. Some of these studies may apply to you or someone you love, at Smithsonian.

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