Father's Day: 5 Benefits of Dads That May Surprise You
Bedtime stories, roughhouse play, and sharing household chores can influence children's health and well-being in enormous ways, new research shows.
He built the tree house. Wiped away tears on a tough day. Cheered on the sidelines. There are lots of obvious reasons to appreciate your old man, as many in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom will do this Sunday, Father's Day. (Related: "Father's Day at 100: How It Began, Why Dads Get Fewer Gifts.")
But new science on fatherhood is uncovering others that you may not have known—and which should earn Dad a little extra love.
Dad shouldn't do the dishes this Sunday. But one study suggests that fathers who handle their fair share of household chores raise daughters who aspire to careers beyond those that are stereotypically female, such as nursing and teaching.
The strongest predictor of girls'