Here's a new study from the University of Montreal that examines 'activation theory' as a complement to the well known 'attachment theory'.
Activation theory examines parental influence on a child's exploratory behavior and defines an optimally stimulated child as one that is exploratory yet respective of rules. According to the theory, optimally stimulated children are more self confident.
The author of the study suggests that fathers are largely responsible for activating a child's exploratory behavior while mothers are usually greater contributors to a child's feeling of attachment and that both of these phenomenon complement one another in a well developed child.
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I've been married to eM for 7 years. We have two children, a little boy, D, who's 3 and a little girl, J, who's 5.
We live a few minutes outside of Washington DC. eM grew up outside Boston and I'm from Baltimore. You can contact me at jmr1760 at aol dot com.