Ever since it has become almost required that parents-to-be attend birth classes and destroy forests with the endless acquiring of books of advice, plenty of new fathers can be seen walking around all puffed up, full of expert knowledge and apparent confidence.
But how can they know if they’re actually up to the job of parenthood, which is ultimately about dealing with many things you don’t know, and being open to everything new and strange.
An Ohio State University experiment found a way.
They put a soon-to-be new dad and a baby doll together for five minutes, and ask the man to play with that doll.
The experiment found this was a pretty accurate predictor of the quality of their parenting when the real baby arrived.
According to a statement from