Fathers who have a calm demeanour and who actively engage with their children where possible have a positive impact on their childrens intelligence later in life, says new research.
“For those fathers who are more engaged, it may be that there is a lot more positive stuff going on in their lives generally,” said Professor Ramchandani.
“That might be the reason for the link, but we can't be sure of that. All we can say is that there is a signal here, and it seems to be an important one."
“The clear message for new fathers here is to get stuck in and play with your baby."
“Even when they're really young playing and interacting with them can have a positive effect.”