Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there! On this week’s episode, we review a list of seven facts based on research about how fathers can affect a child’s development. We talk about the surprising importance of roughhousing, how fathers encourage courageous exploration and many other relatively unknown facts that will change the way you think about fathers.
2:28 – Analyzing statistics with a critical eye and remembering that studies don’t always use the same research methodologies
3:54 – A good rule of thumb for reliable research: if at least three studies show similar results using similar research methodologies, then the results are probably reliable
9:28 – Clarifying the terms: non-resident fathers, resident fathers and fatherlessness
11:24 – Rough-and-tumble play with fathers has many benefits such as: children being able to delay gratification (the marshmallow test), they have better spatial awareness in social situations, they don’t confuse assertiveness with aggression and they learn their physical limits, and can better read others’ emotional cues (Research article) (YouTube video – The absolute necessity of fathers: Warren Farrell/JB Peterson)
15:25 – Discipline and punishment are two completely different things
20:34 – Are hands-off policies in schools desocializing children? (News article about a hands-off policy in a Canadian school)
29:09 – The postmodernist view of families