Even more incentive for dads to spend time with their kids: new research says children who think their fathers work too much could become bullies.
The study by Vanderbilt University sociologist Andre Christie-Mizell found that bullying behavior increased when fathers worked full time or overtime.
“Our behavior is driven by our perception of our world, so if children feel they are not getting enough time and attention from parents then those feelings have to go somewhere and it appears in interaction with their peers,” Christie-Mizell told Science Daily.
Christie-Mizell recommends establishing scheduled time for dads to spend with their kids.
“What this research shows is that while it’s equally important for kids to spend time with both parents, fathers need to make an extra effort,” he said.