Rough nights for moms of multiple kids, but not dads

Mothers of multiple children report more fragmented sleep, but the number of kids doesn't seem to affect sleep quality for dads.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Jan. 13, 2021 ~3 min

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Dads falter at talking to daughters about body image

Fathers know they should help instil healthy body image in their daughters, but feel awkward in practice, new research finds.

Pate McCuien-U. Missouri • futurity
Dec. 23, 2020 ~5 min

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3 things keep dads involved with kids in ‘kinship care’

Several factors shape how involved dads can be with their kids when they don't have custody and their child is living in kinship care, researchers say.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Can you visit your dad safely on Father's Day? A doctor gives you a checklist

Father's Day is approaching, raising questions about the safety of visiting fathers and grandfathers. A doctor offers guidelines.

Claudia Finkelstein, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Michigan State University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Why do kids call their parents 'Mom' and 'Dad'?

One anthropologist found 1,072 similar words for 'mom' and 'dad' in the world's languages. It turns out a mix of biology, culture and encouragement from parents explains this phenomenon.

Denise Bodman, Principal Lecturer in Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Child support policy after prison can backfire

State policies that help formerly incarcerated people find work don't always make it easy for dads to provide child support, new research shows.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

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New book charts the evolution of fatherhood

A new book breaks down how fatherhood has evolved, what it looks like today, and where it's headed in the future.

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Screen time that supports new parents and young kids can enhance family health

Mobile health apps, teleconferencing with experts and thoughtfully designed educational platforms can all help families during the chaotic and confusing early years.

Ashwini Lakshmanan, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Southern California • conversation
March 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Chimp sons like to hang with fathers and brothers

Male chimpanzees don't know who their fathers are. But they like to bond and hang out with them anyway.

Rachel Griess-Texas • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~5 min

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Why dads are happier than moms

"Care context" may account for why dads are often often happier, less stressed, and less tired than moms.

Katie Bohn-Penn State • futurity
Sept. 24, 2019 ~6 min

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