on air now

Kids better readers if Dad does bedtime stories rather than Mum

Children whose fathers read to them rather than mothers, are better readers according to new research.

As reported in the Herald Sun, Dads who read to their children as toddlers have four-year-olds with better language and literacy skills, new Melbourne research has found.

3AW Breakfast asked Professor Sharon Goldfeld, Group Leader in Policy, Equity and Translation at Murduch Children’s Research Institute, why it matters more if it’s Dad rather than Mum.

“It’s a good question but unfortunately we can’t answer that,” Professor Goldfeld said.

“What we do know is that fathers reading makes a difference.

“Engaging around the story is really important, that kind of sing-song, talking back and forwards with the child.”

Click PLAY below to hear the full details