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ImageThe next time you take a risk and change your job, move to a new city, or try hang gliding, you can thank your dad. Why? Because a new study shows that dads empower their kids to take risks, meet new people and explore the world. It’s called the dad effect. And it’s because, from infanthood on up, dads gave their kids more freedom, encourage them to explore more and take more risks. Whereas moms are more protective and hover, ready to swoop in whenever something goes wrong. William Pollack is a professor at Harvard Medical School, and he says studies show that roughhousing, like tackling and having play-battles, means healthy risk-taking toddlers grow into healthy risk-taking adults.
So thank your father for your adventurous side, and make sure to remember him this Sunday. 🙂