Problem with studies like this is social pressures weigh in. If a study to determine if a “hands-on” father can be successful is launched, everyone waits for the first failure and everything is a wash after that. This parenting study has a few gems of illogic in it too.
There were also physical issues, with some couples finding that their baby responded better to being comforted by his or her mother. As one fathers put it: “Only mummy that will do.”
Utter crap. A baby responds better to the comforting they receive that best suits the problem they are experiencing. Yes, sometimes baby wants their mommy, but just as often, baby wants daddy too. Granted, the article didn’t say “always” but the stereotypical view is that mothers are better nurturers. I vehemently disagree.
The one statement made I completely agree with was:
The reality is that as a society I don’t think we are ready for that – we don’t support the fathers in doing that, we pay lip service to it but we haven’t put in pace systems which are fit for purpose.
Society itself creates a huge hurdle across all facets of modern life. The problem we encounter as parents raising our kids are largely of our own making, as a society. Men can nurture, women can teach sportsmanship. Just because society says we can’t, doesn’t mean its true, and more often needs to be proven incorrect by an overabundance of data.