Research still concludes that mothers are more apt to read to their children than fathers, but these same studies have also shown that fathers play a vital role in the literacy development of their children. Mothers tend to focus more on the context of the reading material itself, while fathers are more likely to engage in discussions that involve topics outside of the context. They also serve as reading role models to their sons, showing just how important literacy is.
- When mothers read to children, they focus mainly on the text of the book, whereas fathers will introduce many topics of conversation.
- When boys only see mothers or female elementary school teachers reading, they come to believe that reading is for girls.
- Fathers can recommend books to older children and make sure that the kids have access to books.
“But research also tells us that fathers have at least three vital roles to play in their children’s literacy development.”