Hong Kong is a busy place and it’s not always easy to squeeze in quality time with children. But according to child psychologist John Shanahan, a father’s connection to his children, especially straight after birth and during the first few years of life, has a significant impact on their development.
In fact, research shows that children of highly involved fathers achieve far better than their peers by their first birthday, and consistently show higher IQs. Close father-child connection at age seven is linked to better exam performance at age 16.
Shanahan will be leading a talk hosted by Woodland Preschools highlighting the importance of fathers attaching to their young and explaining how busy dads can make this happen.
He will also be looking at co-parenting, and, music to the ears of many hardworking mums, practical ways in which dads can support the other parent.
Shanahan specialises in the psychology of children and adolescents and is director of Central Health Partners Child Development Team. He is also president of the Psychotherapy Society of Hong Kong.
Fatherhood will be held from 6.30-8pm, March 8, Woodland Montessori Academy, 3/F, On Fung Building, 110-118 Caine Road, www.woodlandschools.com.