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D. Fathers Offer Powerful Messages of Praise and Discipline

Narrator: This is Science Today. When it comes to raising children in a two-parent household, fathers are often given the role of disciplinarian. Psychologist Brenda Bryant, a child development expert at the University of California, Davis, says it's unfortunate when fathers are the sole disciplinarians.

Bryant: Because it then makes for a very awkward relationship with their children.

Narrator: Byrant says it's best if both parents are involved with discipline. On the other hand, she says children do see men as being more powerful than women, but that image of power can be used for positive feedback too - especially praise.

Bryant: Kids see fathers as powerful, therefore that adds to their image of feeling protected and we certainly can see that the praise that comes from a powerful person can be very important. And so nurturing and praise and acknowledgement from somebody who kids see as powerful, is relevant to their well being.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.