The Dad effect: Children gain when their fathers are involved in their education

SINGAPORE – Mr Sanjeev Sibal, 45, wanted to be more involved in his children’s school lives, but his demanding travel schedule as a ship manager – he was home for about 15 days a month on average – meant he could supervise homework only via video calls.

While the pandemic left him grounded, it also presented the opportunity to spend more time with his kids. Since phase two of the reopening of Singapore’s economy, he has been cycling to school in the mornings with daughter Deleenaa, seven, on a seat on his bike, while son, Mayank, 13 rides his own set of wheels.

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