According to Marc Bornstein, his studies have found that being an attentive parent has its rewards, showing that “Increased attention of the good kind is good for both parties, parents and children. Children come to feel valued, affirmed and approved of when their parents pay attention to them, and they benefit cognitively, for example, from parental responsiveness and teaching. Parents get rewarded from their children’s development and achievements, and by attending to them, parents get to know their children better and so become better parents, as long as the attention is of the good kind.” This information could be useful for new mothers, including the 12% who experience post-partum depression, helping to alert them of the need to be more vigilant about their new baby. It could also prompt fathers of the need to be more attentive to their newborn. You can find the study report at the following link.