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Father’s Love can have Special Influence on Young Adults, Can Boost Daughters’ Maths and Sons’ Language Skills

The study found that fathers from low-income families support their teenagers in ways that result in greater optimism, self-efficacy, higher achievement at school

Representational image. Pixabay

New Delhi, November 28, 2016: A father’s love can have a special influence on young adults, while it can boost the maths grades of the teenage daughter, it may improve the language skills in the son, researchers said.

The study found that fathers from low-income families support their teenagers in ways that result in greater optimism, self-efficacy, and, ultimately, higher achievement at school.

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This is even true for men with low levels of education or those who were not proficient enough in English to help their children with their homework.

“Low-income fathers affect their adolescents’ beliefs about themselves and their future, and these beliefs influence their achievement by increasing their determination…,” said Marie-Anne Suizzo from the University of Texas in the US.

These positive effects extend to both sons and daughters, albeit in different ways, the study said.

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Experiencing their father’s warmth first influences daughters’ sense of optimism and then spills over into their feeling more determined and certain about their academic abilities. This in turn leads to better math grades.

There is a more direct link between the father’s involvement and teenage boy’s belief in their ability to succeed on the academic front.

Fathers’ involvement with teenage boys’ belief in their ability to succeed on the academic front, results in heightened self-confidence and their success in English language, arts classes, the researchers explained.

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Counsellors and educators should encourage fathers to communicate warmth and acceptance to their children, because of the positive influence these emotions have on their well-being, Suizzo suggested.

In the study, published in the journal Sex Roles, the team analysed 183 sixth-graders from low-income, ethnic minority families. They asked about how optimistic and motivated they were about their schoolwork, and how their experiences were with their fathers. (IANS)

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June 18 is Happy Father’s Day: Anyone Remember this ?

In the midst of a perfect life, we have indeed lost and forgotten the roles of a father. Can we spare a moment to revive the father’s love?

Fathers Day
Child holding father's hand. Pixabay

– by Naina Mishra

June 18, 2017:

As I woke up in the morning, I started to play with my phone looking for perfect fathers day messages to greet my father on the occasion of Father’s day. Sadly, I could only find a handful of them. Startled at the dearth of celebration on the social media, I pondered upon the importance of a father in our society. Come mother’s day and all the nearby markets are full of gifts and flowers, whereas most of us might not be even cognizant about fathers day.

We have often heard that ours is the patriarchal society, where men hold utmost importance but in the shield of condemning the very nature of society, we fail to recognize the quintessence of a father.

A father is more than the Karta (doer) of the family, we expect him to earn a plethora of wealth to feed the greed of his children but do we know that he quivers to spend a penny for himself?

In the midst of a perfect life, we have indeed lost and forgotten the roles of a father. Can we spare a moment to revive the father’s love?


You may learn to walk on foot with the help of a mother but it is your father who teaches you to stand on your feet. He who has had sleepless nights because of the worries of your future is a father.

If the mother is a sweet melody then a father is an unforgettable saga. A father is a canvas of happiness and sadness, sometimes attended and sometimes unaccompanied.

He is stretched like a blue azure sky which holds within unspoken tales and takes the responsibility of fulfilling the dreams. If a mother can sell her ornaments in the times of paucity, he who will sell himself is a father.

When a daughter bids farewell to his family, it is the father who grieves of the thought of not seeing her little princess evermore. When a son excels, it is the father who taps on the shoulder and says “go ahead, son”.

He lifted you on his shoulders and brought you everything asked for, have we become nonchalant to his needs now when he needs us? Think for a moment!

Naina Mishra is a Staff Writer at Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

Tribal Farmers
tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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