Playtime with Dad May Help Kids Improve Their Self-Control, Study Says

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A new review from academics at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and the LEGO Foundation is finding that young children whose fathers play with them from a very young age may have an easier time controlling their behavior and emotions later on.

The study looked at evidence from the past 40 years to understand more about how dads play with kids when they’re aged 0 to 3 years old. The researchers looked at data from 78 studies conducted between 1977 and 2017, most of which took place in Europe or North America. They analyzed information and patterns on differences between how dads and moms played with kids, how often fathers and kids played together, what that play looked like and whether it affected the child’s development.

The findings suggest that most dads play with their kids every day and engage in more physical play, even with younger children. For babies, this…

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