Learning Activities Alone With Father Improve Children’s Cognitive Development.An extra 5 hours/week spent in solo father-child learning activity makes as big a difference to child development as having a university-educated father.When a father spends time in learning activities with his child, the child is likely to do better on vocabulary tests.The association between parent-child learning activity and the child’s cognitive development is stronger for fathers than it is for mothers.
A father’s spending time in structured activities (e.g. sport and music lessons) was more strongly linked with better cognitive development than was spending time in entirely unstructured activities. But the strongest correlation of all was for learning activities specifically, such as reading and playing educational games.
Still, children with better educated fathers show better cognitive development overall. That’s because better educated fathers, on average, spend more time in learning activities with their children. This is a key reason that children from better educated households tend to have better cognitive outcomes.