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New study reveals that strong bonds with daughters increases lifespan of fathers

The study brings to light the special bond between fathers and daughters, as well as the unfair distribution of responsibilities between parents.

New study reveals that strong bonds with daughters increases lifespan of fathers
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There is no greater joy for a father than his daughter. They share a unique connection with each other. Daughters feel most protected around fathers and as it turns out, fathers enjoy more longevity because of daughters, according to a study. There can be many reasons behind it, starting from the love daughters bring into their father's life, to the meaning they infuse within it. However, one thing is clear, the bond has healthy manifestations for the father. The study also highlights the unfair burden of parenting on mothers, as the 'healthy' impact is prevalent only in fathers. It seems that a lot of the good consequences of parenting and children are absorbed by fathers, while mothers are left to deal with the complicated parts.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Kampus Production
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Kampus Production

The study showcases that having a daughter increased a father's life span by 75 weeks on average. The arrival of a daughter infuses a father with a sense of purpose, they want to protect her as well as make her strong and independent. Daughters in turn give fathers a sense of understanding. All of this has a good metabolic effect on fathers, causing them to live longer lives. Most daughters tend to see their fathers in a superior light. This encourages fathers to step up to that vision. They push themselves to be better versions of themselves, which in turn has a positive impact on their overall life.

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The same impact is not seen in mothers. In turn, mothers seem to lose 95 weeks on average, every time they have a son or daughter. This raises a lot of questions. In society, the distribution of domestic responsibilities has long been a huge issue. Bringing a child into the world is not all hunky dory. There are highs as well as lows. The love a parent can get from their child is unconditional. The only condition is that the parents nurture this love. It is important they take care of the child and give them as good of a life as possible. This nurturing requires a lot of work and it seems that mothers fulfill the most of it.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Josh Willink
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Josh Willink

As pointed out by the study, the task of bringing children into the world is more demanding and impactful for mothers. The energetic and nutritional demands of pregnancy and breastfeeding on mothers are huge. Along with these physical demands, mothers have to change their lives drastically after the arrival of children, making the latter the center of their world. This causes mothers to ignore their own well-being. This might take a toll on their body, leading to this devastating outcome. Hence, it is necessary that a fair distribution of responsibility in the domestic sphere is encouraged as much as possible. Upbringing children should be a joint effort, with both parents enjoying its fruits. It is unfair to overburden only one party.

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