Very little is sexier than watching a dad be totally engrossed in play with his child. So it comes as no surprise that a new study, published in Developmental Psychology, shows that couples experience a stronger bond when fathers spend more time playing with their children.
Previous studies from a number of institutions have shown that marital satisfaction is higher when husbands help with housework (including childcare). This study is differs in that increased satisfaction was seen in play as well.
So is this good news?
Maybe not. The study’s author offers an explanation for the findings: perhaps mom’s feel better when dads are playing with their children instead of providing care, because it means they aren’t doing something incorrectly.