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Playing with dolls predicts quality of fathering

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.

Not the cutest kid in the world, and maybe that was the point when testing future fathers. Photo: OSU

According to a statement from

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Family catches mailman playing hopscotch in front of their house

This mailman delivered some smiles.

A family in England wanted to see what would happen if they left a hopscotch game drawn on the sidewalk leading up to their house. Fortunately for them, one of the neighborhood mailmen was in a playful mood.

Jessica Hamersteen’s doorbell camera captured the mailman as he hopped across the drawn on game board.

Jessica Hamersteen’s doorbell camera captured the mailman as he hopped across the drawn on game board.
(SWNS)

Jessica Hamersteen said the mailman who hopscotched his way up to the house wasn’t their normal mail carrier, Southwest News Service (SWNS) reported. While she didn’t recognize the man, she was apparently happy to see what he did when he noticed the hopscotch game drawn on the sidewalk.

Hamersteen’s doorbell camera captured the mailman as he hopped across the walkway.

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The game had reportedly been drawn on the sidewalk the previous evening by Hamersteen’s niece and

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